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are design book authors a hype  RSS feed

 
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I never worked with one.
So, I wonder if they are for real when it comes to really producing a working system. How effective/how efficient are the end products where they are a part.
Just wondering.
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Typical design book authors have almost always more than 10 years of industry experience. In that sense, no, they're not "hype". Regarding the quality of their projects' outcome, please remember that raw performance should most often be second to maintainability. Design patterns and OOD principles are generally oriented towards maintainability, not performance.
 
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The design principles and techniques in those books aren't specific to the author, but are already discussed and in use in a big part of the community. And you typically become a respected author by being able to resonate with (at least part of) the community.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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