Writing Patterns

Get an overview of how to write design patterns.

We have discussed what a design pattern is. Now, let’s learn how a design pattern is developed.

How a design pattern is developed

A design pattern is created when the core aspects of a design are abstracted from a specific solution and then discovered. This design can be applied to multiple problems. A design pattern is frequently the result of a mix of creativity and discovery. This means no specific recipe can be followed to make a design pattern.

The term “design pattern” is formally defined as a proven solution to a commonly occurring problem in a specific environment. The term “proven” here refers to something that has been “tested or tried,” and has implications of trustworthiness and reliability. A design pattern is proven through professional evaluation and demonstrations that it can be used to create effective designs.

Points to consider when writing a design pattern

  • A balanced design: When creating a pattern, it’s important to strike a balance between generality and specificity. The pattern should be broad enough to accommodate the widest possible range of applications while also being specific enough to ensure that all of its inherent design rules are followed in implementations.

  • Powerful examples: A pattern description should be backed up by real-world examples of its successful use. Different real-life examples should demonstrate the practicality of the design pattern.

  • Focus on the user: The description of a design pattern should be user-centric. Everything in the design should reflect what the user already knows, observes through their senses, comprehends, and intends.

  • Rejection of authorship: The design pattern material shouldn’t contain any material or work done by another author.

  • Public reviews: We should pay attention to public reviews when writing a design pattern.

  • Presentation and discussion: There should be presentations and discussions about the design patterns. These will help improve the quality of the new pattern.

  • Careful editing: Careful editing should be carried out on the basis of reviews received.

Every author creates their own pattern form. However, certain patterns are more well-known than others. New authors frequently use preexisting patterns as the basis for their work or, at the very least, as a starting point.

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