Technical Report LPCR9703

Title: Design Patterns vs. Language Design
Authors: Joseph Gil and David H. Lorenz
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Abstract: This report investigates the relationships between design patterns and programming languages. A comparison is carried out between the usual track of programming languages development and the discovery of patterns. We argue in this that there are fundamental differences between the two. We offer a taxonomy of patterns based on how far they are from becoming actual language features. An observation is made that many patterns are in essence a set of rules governing the relations between two objects in run time. An initial multi-dimensional classification of such relationships is proposed.
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