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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly out of date - Don't waste your money, 2 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture (Kindle Edition)
This book belongs to the pre-history of enterprise architecture. The vast majority of the patterns described in the book are now a mere representation of what frameworks such as Hibernate and Spring give to the Java community. I was quite taken aback that from the first time I read/heard something from Mr Fowler from which I couldn't get anything new. The back-end patterns define concepts already implemented by frameworks such as Hibernate/Spring/JDBC, such as the RecordSet, Table and Record Data Gateway. Others define patterns for technologies which now belong to the pre-history of Enterprise Software Engineering, such as Stored Procedures (who wants to work with Stored Procedures nowadays?). Presentation layers just define what JSP/Servlet technology on one hand, and Spring on the other have already abundantly implemented. Even if you were to implement your own ORM or MVC framework (and you were working in Java) you would be a fool if you didn't look at the current Hibernate/Spring implementations which already implement best-in-class enterprise patterns (and that's why they are the leading technologies in this space).

Application servers have really never taken-off, so the few patterns described in this book which you could eventually apply were you to write your own Application Server (good luck!) would not be of much use.

I also didn't like the approach of describing the patterns generally in the first part and have the thorough description in the second. One didn't know if to keep reading while reference to the second part were given or if to stop at each reference, go and check the pattern and come back where left, maybe with the risk of losing the track.

In substance this book is now obsolete, didn't add anything new to my knowledge and I felt it was also badly organised. Don't waste your money.
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Initial post: 7 May 2012 16:31:08 BDT
S. Massey says:
The publish date of the book is 2002. I just bought it to study some of the history of patterns. Clearly any computer book which is ten years old is only of use for historic comparison. The authors website contains further updates up to at lease 2006 which are of more current; and freely available to read.

Posted on 18 Feb 2013 10:46:29 GMT
"Application servers have really never taken-off..."

I have to say that this statement really calls into question your authority on the subject.

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 11:23:03 GMT
S. Crouch says:
I still ask my team to read this book, it describes the foundations of many frameworks currently in use and only adds to the understanding of how those frameworks operate.
I personally believe that not knowing how a framework operates under the hood hold you back from getting the most out of it.
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