A very great musician came and stayed in [our] house. He made one big mistake…[he] determined to teach me music, and consequently no learning took place. Nevertheless, I did casually pick up from him a certain amount of stolen knowledge.
|--Rabindrath Tagore quoted in Bandyopadhyay (Brown and Duguid 1992)|
The way patterns are written and used is strikingly different from any other development artifact in the software industry:
The social aspects of patterns are as important as their technical benefits.
They are authoritative learning tools that don't emanate from a higher authority, and "standards" that aren't controlled or standardized.
And, they are a "technology" that is derived from literature and architecture—not ...