Learn about anti-patterns and their types.


An anti-pattern is a typical response to a recurring problem, which is usually ineffective and risks being highly counterproductive. Anti-patterns are generally the result of a manager or developer who didn’t know better, who didn’t have enough expertise or experience in solving a certain sort of problem, or who implemented a perfectly fine pattern in the wrong context. Anti-patterns are not occasional mistakes; they are common and always made with good intentions.

Factors that result in anti-patterns

Let’s discuss the factors that cause anti-patterns:

  • Bad software design usually results in an anti-pattern.
  • Short-term fixes can cause anti-patterns because they may work for us in the short term but can cause trouble for us in the future.
  • Implementing the right pattern in the wrong way can cause an anti-pattern.


Let’s discuss some drawbacks of anti-patterns:

  • They create a lot of bugs and can waste a developer’s time during debugging.
  • They can make the code difficult to test in the code-testing phase.
  • They result in code that is difficult to comprehend.
  • Applying the wrong pattern to a problem can reduce the code’s performance.

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