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Lesson 9

Design Patterns Course Continuation

Which topic should a developer study after having become familiar with the 3 types of design patterns: 1) behavioral, 2) creational, 3) structural ?

Advanced Studies for Developers Post Design Patterns Mastery

Once a developer has achieved proficiency in the primary triad of design patterns - behavioral, creational, and structural - it signifies a notable progression in their understanding of software design. However, the realm of software engineering is vast and evolving. To further deepen their expertise and maintain a competitive edge, the following areas are recommended for exploration:
  1. Software Architecture:
    Description: Beyond individual patterns, software architecture delves into the higher-level structures of software systems. It encompasses the technical guidelines, principles, and standards required to design complex application systems.
    Why Study:
    1. To grasp the 'big picture' of software systems.
    2. To understand how different components of a software system interact.
    3. To design systems that are scalable, maintainable, and resilient.
  2. Anti-patterns:
    Description: Anti-patterns are commonly recurring solutions to problems that inadvertently introduce new problems. Recognizing and understanding them is as crucial as knowing the correct patterns.
    Why Study:
    1. To identify pitfalls in software design and avoid common mistakes.
    2. To understand the consequences of poor design choices.
    3. To devise strategies to refactor and rectify suboptimal implementations.
  3. Domain-Driven Design (DDD):
    Description: DDD is an approach to software development that prioritizes the domain logic and its complexities, ensuring that the domain drives the design and architecture of the system.
    Why Study:
    1. To develop a deep understanding of the problem domain.
    2. To improve collaboration between technical and non-technical teams.
    3. To create a ubiquitous language for better communication.
  4. Refactoring Techniques:
    Description: Refactoring is the disciplined technique of improving code structure without altering its external behavior.
    Why Study:
    1. To enhance code readability and maintainability.
    2. To optimize performance and reduce technical debt.
    3. To apply design patterns appropriately in existing code.
  5. Concurrency Patterns:
    Description: As systems grow and demand parallel processing, understanding concurrency patterns becomes vital. These patterns help manage multiple executions threads and processes efficiently.
    Why Study:
    1. To develop high-performance, parallel, and distributed systems.
    2. To manage resources effectively in concurrent environments.
    3. To prevent common issues like deadlocks, race conditions, and data inconsistencies.
  6. Microservices and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA):
    Description: These architectural styles emphasize building applications as a collection of small, independent services that communicate over standard protocols.
    Why Study:
    1. To design and build scalable and easily maintainable applications.
    2. To understand modern distributed system design.
    3. To facilitate better organization and deployment strategies.

  7. Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD):
    Description: CI/CD focuses on automating the processes involved in software delivery, from integration to deployment.
    Why Study:
    1. To accelerate software release cycles.
    2. To ensure consistent and reliable software delivery.
    3. To respond swiftly to market changes.

In summation, mastering the foundational design patterns is an imperative step for developers, but it's just one stage in the intricate journey of software engineering. By delving into the topics above, a developer not only fortifies their design skills but also acquires a comprehensive view of modern software development paradigms and practices.

A Common Design Vocabulary

Studies of expert programmers for conventional languages have shown that knowledge and experience isn't organized simply around syntax but in larger conceptual structures such as algorithms, datastructures and idioms and plans for fulfilling a particular goal.
Designers probably do not think about the notation they are usingfor recording the design as much as they try to match the current design situation against plans, algorithms, data structures, andidioms they have learned in the past.

Object-Oriented Design

Traditional approaches to the design of software have been either data oriented or process oriented. Dataoriented methodologies emphasize the representation of information and the relationships between the parts of the whole. The actions which operate on the data are of less significance. On the other hand, process-oriented design methodologies emphasize the actions performed by a software artifact; the data are of lesser importance.
It is now commonly held that object-oriented methodologies are more effective for managing the complexity which arises in the design of large and complex software artifacts than either data-oriented or process-oriented methodologies. This is because data and processes are given equal importance. Objects are used to combine data with the procedures that operate on that data. The main advantage of using objects is that they provide both abstraction and encapsulation.

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