Why Study Design Patterns?

Now that you have an idea about what design patterns are, you may still be wondering, “Why study them?” There are several reasons that are obvious and some that are not so obvious.

The most commonly stated reasons for studying patterns are because patterns allow us to:

  • Reuse solutions— By reusing already established designs, I get a head start on my problems and avoid gotchas. I get the benefit of learning from the experience of others. I do not have to reinvent solutions for commonly recurring problems.

  • Establish common terminology— Communication and teamwork require a common base of vocabulary and a common viewpoint of the problem. Design patterns provide a common point of reference during the analysis and design phase ...

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