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I'm planning to read a book to gain some good knowledge of design patterns, why we use them, how to apply them and how to choose the best design for my software.

So I have two books on my desk right now: "Head First Design Patterns" and "Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software".

Which one do you think I should read as my first book about design patterns?


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I don't know "Head first design patterns", but I always keep my copy of the GoF book (Design patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software) on my shelf for reference. As far as I know this is the best book on Design patterns that is out there.

However I am not so sure, if this book will help you, if you need to know in an abstract sense, what design patterns are, and why to use them. The best part of the book is an in depth reference of many important patterns including many variations. This is the best part of the book in my opinion, because it shows you many things you can change on a given pattern, which I would usually not have remembered on my own.


Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design is a nice introduction to design patterns.

would you mind explaining more on what it does and why do you recommend it as answering the question asked? "Link-only answers" are not quite welcome at Stack Exchange –  gnat Sep 15 '13 at 9:50

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