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Twelve. Relating Design Patterns to the Model

The patterns explored in this book so far are intended specifically for solving problems in a domain model in the context of a MODEL-DRIVEN DESIGN. Actually, though, most of the patterns published to date are more technical in focus. What is the difference between a design pattern and a domain pattern? For starters, the authors of the seminal book, Design Patterns, had this to say:

Point of view affects one’s interpretation of what is and isn’t a pattern. One person’s pattern can be another person’s primitive building block. For this book we have concentrated on patterns at a certain level of abstraction. Design patterns are not about designs such as linked lists and hash tables that can be encoded ...

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