Monday, November 28, 2005

John Vlissides, RIP

John Vlissides, co-author of the extremely influential Design Patterns book (among many other publications), died Thursday after a long struggle with cancer (via Lambda). The c2 wiki has a page of remembrances from people who knew him.

I read the GoF book in 1996 and thought it was a revelation. I’ve since realized that much of the fuss was about breaking the shackles of C++. Yet it still had an enormous impact on the industry, and it deserves to be part of the canon because of the vocabulary it established.

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