links for 23 May 2006


  1. Rachel Dixon May 24, 2006 at 6:27 am

    Methinks you mean 23 May, no?

  2. leisa.reichelt May 24, 2006 at 7:50 am

    ah, yes.

    some kind of weird sub-concious ‘i can’t believe it’s almost June’ thing I think.

    (for those who missed it, I’d dated the most 23 March)

  3. melissa May 24, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    Oooo, under Methodological Anti-patterns…

    # Golden hammer: Assuming that a favorite solution is universally applicable

    I suppose this is the danger with getting too involved with pattern libraries… Mind you, a workable pattern from a library could still be a good start, so customisation is targetted to the specific problem rather than built ground-up…

  4. leisa.reichelt May 25, 2006 at 7:45 am

    well… i’d have thought that if you have a good enough pattern library you might have a few different patterns to choose from, so determining the best solution is still part of the process (and that may involve developing a new pattern).

    If you customise your patterns for every project, are they still patterns?

  5. melissa May 26, 2006 at 11:25 am

    Hmmm… certainly some patterns may work straight from the box, so to speak. Perhaps the power of patterns is in the high-level stuff, and its the finely-grained areas or content that may need customising. I think they can still be patterns, in terms of “high-level objects” — let’s say a login-module. But customisation might be appropraite at the detail level (if the login-module is for a wedding register, say, would it be more appropriate to customise the language? eg “sign in” rather than “log in” — this is a fairly small and pathetic example, I know… ;)

    I haven’t used a formal pattern library, per se. But there definitely are “modules” that I have created in Visio stencils, which I will use over and over again. (I do tweak, where necessary.)