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Most influential books on OO, Refactoring, Design Patterns, Architecture?

For those 'who have been there' (i.e. professional architects), what in your opinion are the most important books on these topics:

  1. OO (Object Oriented Programming)
  2. Refactoring
  3. Design Patterns
  4. Architecture (specifically Pattern Architecture)
Leo Benson, Aug 11, 2010
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Almost any book on .NET that gets beyond simple BS can take you through OOP principles. I would say OOAD is more what you are looking for. Here is my short list of more generalist books from an architecture standpoint:

  • The Object-Oriented Thought Process – Paradigm shifting

  • Applying UML and Patterns – Even if you are not using UML, there is a lot of power in this book

  • Almost anything by Peter Coad (Object-Oriented Analysis, Object-Oriented Design, Object Models: Strategies, Patterns and Applications)


  • Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code – THE book from Martin Fowler (remember baby steps)

  • Refactoring to Patterns – Very useful to make sure you use patterns instead of having them use you

  • Refactoring Databases: Evolutionary Database Design – This one will force a paradigm shift

Design Patterns

  • Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software – the GoF book

  • Head First Design Patterns – Easier for beginners

  • Pattern Hatching: Design Patterns Applied


  • Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture – Another Martin Fowler classic

  • Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises – Easy read, very valuable


  • Working Effectively with Legacy Code – Brown field and Agile, a must read

  • Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship – I would also rank the McConnell series in this area (The Software Project Survival Guide, Rapid Development and Code Complete)

  • Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design – I also love “Don’t Make Me Think” but it is a bit more designer centric

Peace and Grace,

Twitter: @gbworld


Gregory Beamer, Aug 16, 2010
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