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  • I've said this before, and I'll probably say it again. One of the big problems with the perception of Design Patterns is that the GoF book isn't actually that good. It presents a few patterns, and it links them together, a bit, but what it doesn't do is to present a coherent pattern language. And that's a big failing.

    Compare the GoF's book with my favourite software patterns book, Kent Beck's Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns and you'll see what I mean. Kent's book presents an entire pattern language for 't
    • Too many books not enough time or money...

      I just got a good book on software project management.

      I think I can still afford Managing Gigabytes, which will help me with my fuzzy content management and information architecture needs.

      Now I have to pick one affordable Patterns book and an affordable database book.

      If only I was working somewhere that paid enough for me to buy books and live within an hour of the office - right now I am stuffed.... I've even had to wait a month while time off I requested m


      @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
      print reverse @JAPH;
      • Too many books not enough time or money...

        Two words for you: ABE Books []. Dominus says this is the reason why the internet was invented in the first place: to consolidate hundreds (thousands?) of used book sellers and provide a unified storefront for used book buyers.

        You should be able to find Kent Beck's book rather easily. They're not too hard to find. The 2nd Ed of Managing Gigabytes has been out for a few years, but it's a small market kind of text. I'm sure you can find it used, but it may take a few months to find a good copy at a price you're happy with.

        I recently stocked up on some Smalltalk classics. I've had a (used, paperback) copy of Goldberg's Smalltalk 80: The Language for a couple of years now. There are two lesser known books in that series: Smalltalk 80: The Language and its Implementation and Smalltalk 80: The Interactive Programming Environment. I saw one of the other two pop up recently through ABE (or Powells []; I'm not sure which) and got a few other used Smalltalk titles to go along with it. I think I got about 4 or 5 titles for the same price as 2 or 3 books at a good tech book store (with the requisite 10%-20% discount). (That's mostly because the rare Goldberg volume is still expensive, and it's only availble used.)