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Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture Volume 1: A System of Patterns
Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture Volume 1: A System of Patterns
by Frank Buschmann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.15

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good, and more practical, than GoF Design Patterns, 7 Feb. 2003
I am a professional programmer, and having read both this and the Gang of Four design patterns book, I can honestly say I prefer this one. The GoF book is excellent if you need to discuss potential options for software design with colleagues, and pretty good if you need to implement one of them. However, the patterns in this book (POSA) are more wide-ranging, useful, and practical than those in Design Patterns, which in comparison appear too theoretical.

I would suggest that reading Design Patterns first is a good introduction to the field of patterns. After that, read this book to see the power of patterns. The explanations of layers (eg ISO/OSI), broker systems (eg CORBA), and MVC systems (eg most spreadsheets) as generic systems are absolutely second to none.

Embedded Linux (Landmark)
Embedded Linux (Landmark)
by John Lombardo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.50

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but short and self-publicising, 3 Aug. 2001
I am currently working on developing an embedded linux system so our company can get some experience in this field. While this book contains some useful information, particularly in terms of development tools and the considerations to make before starting your project, there is some repetition of material in what is already quite a short book. Also, the author has taken a leaf out of Larry Wall's book and has married the book to his new embedded linux development environment - I'm sure there are more resources out there than he mentions, though he does touch on other development environment. Worth picking up if you need to get it done now, but I am sure this subject will be treated better in the future.

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