Patterns are solutions to common problems. One step further, patterns are templates for solving categories of problems.
Patterns help you split a problem into Lego-like blocks and focus on the unique parts of the problem while abstracting out a lot of “been there, done that, got the T-shirt” kind of details.
Patterns also help us communicate better by simply providing a common vocabulary.
It’s therefore important to identify and study patterns.
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I am forever indebted to the incredible reviewers who shared their energy and knowledge to make a much better book for the good of the community. Their blogs and Twitter streams are a constant source of awe, sharp observations, great ideas, and patterns.
Dmitry Soshnikov (http://dmitrysoshnikov.com, @DmitrySoshnikov)
Andrea Giammarchi (http://webreflection.blogspot.com, @WebReflection)
Asen Bozhilov (http://asenbozhilov.com, @abozhilov)
Juriy Zaytsev (http://perfectionkills.com, @kangax)
Ryan Grove (http://wonko.com, @yaypie)
Nicholas Zakas (http://nczonline.net, @slicknet)
Remy Sharp (http://remysharp.com, @rem)
If I’ve missed a good and original article in the list of references, please accept my apologies and contact me so I can add it to the online list at http://jspatterns.com.
This is not a beginner’s book and some basic topics such as loops and conditions are skipped. If you need to learn more about the language, following are some suggested titles: