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Digital Literacy What Makes a Pattern

I still don't understand why we call it "PATTERN".

Pattern of what? What pattern is there when we describe Object methods etc..? I see no pattern just a name, definition and examples. So this is a pattern of definitions? Like a dictionary pattern where there is a word followed by a pronunciation, definition, and example?

Why isn't this labelled dictionary or Wiki. Seems like they just threw in Pattern because it looks technical when you say it. This word just throws me off.

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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The use of the word "pattern" relating to design, and then specifically to software, is a relatively recent innovation (since 1987). But then, a lot of the software technology you may be studying here is even newer.

There's a very thorough explanation and history of the term on this Wikipedia page, give that a look.