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The Timeless Way of Building

John Athayde (@boboroshi)

"Design patterns" is a common phrase that is often spoken in the course of design and development of web applications. But it's genesis is not from programming, but Architecture. They come from a trio of books in the 1970s by Christopher Alexander, the most famous of which is the middle book: "A Pattern Language". The issue arises that Pattern Languages, much like spoken languages, are most effective when the speaker is fluent. We'll look at the origin of pattern languages and why they can be dangerous and even detrimental tools in the hands of the inexperienced designer and developer through examples of bad grammar and poor idiomatic choices (aka antipatterns), and perhaps some architecture as well.

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  • Ryan C.

    For those of you who weren't able to make it last night John was kind enough to let us record the talk!

    2 · August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    should make the second half

    August 8, 2013

  • Brandon F.

    Hate to do this but I can't make it either. :(

    August 8, 2013

  • Kenneth T.

    Hey Ryan, I won't make it tonight :( -- but I will keep an eye out for the slides. -Ken

    August 8, 2013

  • Linda N.

    I'm going to be out of town for this, but hopefully you can post a recording somewhere?

    July 22, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      Hey Linda - we don't have recordings setup but I'll be sure to post the slides and will give you a heads up when the rubynation recording of this talk goes up.

      August 7, 2013

    • Linda N.

      That would be great! Looking forward to it :)

      August 7, 2013

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