And design patterns for all

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    As usual my love for design patterns has driven me to find more and more resources on the subject, so I dug up a nice list with good descriptions. Which I present to you, so enjoy!
    (highlights from the editor in chief, yes - me! :P)

    Resign Patterns

    Ailments of Unsuitable Project-Disoriented Software

    Michael Duell


    Anyone familiar with the book of patterns by the Gang of Four [1]
    knows that the patterns presented in the book represent elegant
    solutions that have evolved over time. Unfortunately, extracting these
    patterns from legacy code is impossible, because nobody knew that they
    were supposed to be using these patterns when they wrote the legacy
    code. Hence, this work is a catalog of patterns for the masses. The
    patterns presented here represent abundant solutions that have endured
    over time. Enjoy reading the patterns, but please don't use them!

    1 Cremational Patterns

    Below is a list of five cremational patterns.

    1.1 Abject Poverty

    The Abject Poverty Pattern is evident in software that is so difficult
    to test and maintain that doing so results in massive budget overruns.

    1.2 Blinder

    The Blinder Pattern is an expedient solution to a problem without
    regard for future changes in requirements. It is unclear as to whether
    the Blinder is named for the blinders worn by the software designer
    during the coding phase, or the desire to gouge his eyes out during
    the maintenance phase.

    1.3 Fallacy Method

    The Fallacy method is evident in handling corner cases. The logic
    looks correct, but if anyone actually bothers to test it, or if a
    corner case occurs, the Fallacy of the logic will become known.

    1.4 ProtoTry

    The ProtoTry Pattern is a quick and dirty attempt to develop a working
    model of software. The original intent is to rewrite the ProtoTry,
    using lessons learned, but schedules never permit. The ProtoTry is
    also known as legacy code.

    1.5 Simpleton

    The Simpleton Pattern is an extremely complex pattern used for the
    most trivial of tasks. The Simpleton is an accurate indicator of the
    skill level of its creator.

    2 Destructural Patterns

    Below is a list of seven destructural patterns.

    2.1 Adopter

    The Adopter Pattern provides a home for orphaned functions. The result
    is a large family of functions that don't look anything alike, whose
    only relation to one another is through the Adopter.

    2.2 Brig

    The Brig Pattern is a container class for bad software. Also known as

    2.3 Compromise

    The Compromise Pattern is used to balance the forces of schedule vs.
    quality. The result is software of inferior quality that is still

    2.4 Detonator

    The Detonator is extremely common, but often undetected. A common
    example is the calculations based on a 2 digit year field. This bomb
    is out there, and waiting to explode!

    2.5 Fromage

    The Fromage Pattern is often full of holes. Fromage consists of cheesy
    little software tricks that make portability impossible. The older
    this pattern gets, the riper it smells.

    2.6 Flypaper

    The Flypaper Pattern is written by one designer and maintained by
    another. The designer maintaining the Flypaper Pattern finds herself
    stuck, and will likely perish before getting loose.

    2.7 ePoxy

    The ePoxy Pattern is evident in tightly coupled software modules. As
    coupling between modules increases, there appears to be an epoxy bond
    between them.

    3 Misbehavioral Patterns

    Below is a list of eleven misbehavioral patterns.

    3.1 Chain of Possibilities

    The Chain of Possibilities Pattern is evident in big, poorly
    documented modules. Nobody is sure of the full extent of its
    functionality, but the possibilities seem endless. Also known as

    3.2 Commando

    The Commando Pattern is used to get in and out quick, and get the job
    done. This pattern can break any encapsulation to accomplish its
    mission. It takes no prisoners.

    3.3 Intersperser

    The Intersperser Pattern scatters pieces of functionality throughout a
    system, making a function impossible to test, modify, or understand.

    3.4 Instigator

    The Instigator Pattern is seemingly benign, but wreaks havoc on other
    parts of the software system.

    3.5 Momentum

    The Momentum Pattern grows exponentially, increasing size, memory
    requirements, complexity, and processing time.

    3.6 Medicator

    The Medicator Pattern is a real time hog that makes the rest of the
    system appear to be medicated with strong sedatives.

    3.7 Absolver

    The Absolver Pattern is evident in problem ridden code developed by
    former employees. So many historical problems have been traced to this
    software that current employees can absolve their software of blame by
    claiming that the absolver is responsible for any problem
    reported. Also known as It's-not-in-my-code.

    3.8 Stake

    The Stake Pattern is evident in problem ridden software written by
    designers who have since chosen the management ladder. Although
    fraught with problems, the manager's stake in this software is too
    high to allow anyone to rewrite it, as it represents the pinnacle of
    the manager's technical achievement.

    3.9 Eulogy

    The Eulogy Pattern is eventually used on all projects employing the
    other 22 Resign Patterns. Also known as Post Mortem.

    3.10 Tempest Method

    The Tempest Method is used in the last few days before software
    delivery. The Tempest Method is characterized by lack of comments, and
    introduction of several Detonator Patterns.

    3.11 Visitor From Hell

    The Visitor From Hell Pattern is coincident with the absence of run
    time bounds checking on arrays. Inevitably, at least one control loop
    per system will have a Visitor From Hell Pattern that will overwrite
    critical data.

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    That reminds a bit of the eXtrem Go-Horse methodology (And before anybody tries to apply it, it is humor)

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    Damn I'm one of those XHG developers. :)

  • @SGaist said in And design patterns for all:

    And before anybody tries to apply it

    That warning came too late for me too :(

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