Relational Database Design Patterns?

There’s a book in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series called Refactoring Databases. That provides a list of techniques for refactoring databases. I can’t say I’ve heard a list of database patterns so much. I would also highly recommend David C. Hay’s Data Model Patterns and the follow up A Metadata Map which builds on the first and is far more ambitious … Read more

What is a MV* framework?

You’re referring to any framework that implements one of the many MV* (as in, model-view-wildcard) design patterns. There’s MVC (model-view-controller), MVVM (model-view-view model), MVP (model-view-presenter), and probably some more. The * is just a wildcard, not something specific. Read up on it here:

What is the difference between Builder Design pattern and Factory Design pattern?

With design patterns, there usually is no “more advantageous” solution that works for all cases. It depends on what you need to implement. From Wikipedia: Builder focuses on constructing a complex object step by step. Abstract Factory emphasizes a family of product objects (either simple or complex). Builder returns the product as a final step, … Read more

What is an anti-pattern?

Anti-patterns are certain patterns in software development that are considered bad programming practices. As opposed to design patterns which are common approaches to common problems which have been formalized and are generally considered a good development practice, anti-patterns are the opposite and are undesirable. For example, in object-oriented programming, the idea is to separate the software into small … Read more