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Idiom or Design Patternn...

Posted by Mark McDowell on October 31, 2000 at 11:06 AM

Design Pattern: quoting from the GOF design patterns book, a "pattern describes a problem which occurs over and over again in our environment, and then describes the core of the solution to this problem, in such a way that you can use this solution a million times over, without ever doing it the same way twice." So, a design pattern is not an implementation, it is more like a high level description of a solution to a problem.

Idiom: (not quoting from anyone) To me, an idiom is a typical implementation of a solution to a problem, often which occurs over and over again in our environment. Typically an idiom describes a particular languages implementation of a solution.

This is what I think the differences are...



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