Poll: How important are programming patterns?

Justin James has noticed a huge surge of interest in programming patterns. Take the poll to let us know whether you think these patterns are important.

In the last few years, I have noticed a huge surge of interest in programming patterns (e.g., the singleton pattern and the factory pattern). Some developers I know have a hard time seeing any code that uses more than three lines as not fitting a pattern, while other developers I've met have zero interest in labeling anything a pattern or thinking in terms of patterns.

I see programming patterns as a set of guidelines; instead of directly coding to patterns, I see where my code meets them and then use the best practices around a pattern to let me know if I am on the right path. For example, if I find myself writing something that looks like a singleton, that is usually a warning sign, since most singletons really need to be statics.

What do you think? Let us know by answering this poll question.


About Justin James

Justin James is an OutSystems MVP, architect, and developer with expertise in SaaS applications and enterprise applications.

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