"AntiPatterns: Refactoring Software, Architectures, and Projects in Crisis" [cite book
first=William J.
coauthors=Raphael C. Malveau, Hays W. "Skip" McCormick, Thomas J. Mowbray, Theresa Hudson (ed)
title = AntiPatterns: Refactoring Software, Architectures, and Projects in Crisis
publisher = John Wiley & Sons, ltd
year = 1998
isbn = 0-471-19713-0
] is a book about anti-patterns: specific repeated practices in software architecture, software design and software project management that initially appear to be beneficial, but ultimately result in bad consequences that outweigh hoped-for advantages. This study covers several recurring problematic software-related patterns, the forces that inspire their repeated adoption, and proven-in-practice remedial actions, called refactored solutions. The authors are William Brown, Raphael Malveau, Skip McCormick, and Tom Mowbray; with Scott Thomas joining in on second and third books. Four of the five authors worked together at the MITRE Corporation in the late 1990's.

Sometimes referred to as an "Upstart Gang-Of-Four" the authors were frequently (and often unfavorably) compared to the original "Design Patterns" by Gang of Four. This began with a favorable review and 1998 runner-up Jolt Productivity Award given by Software Development Magazine. [cite web |url= |title=Previous Winners: Books |publisher=Dr. Dobbs Journal |accessdate=2008-04-06] [cite web |url= |title=9th Annual Jolt and Productivity Awards |author=Alan Zeichick |publisher=Dr. Dobbs Journal |accessdate=2008-04-06] The controversy around this book, and the concept of an anti-pattern has been said to stem from a somewhat common misunderstanding that the authors were somehow opposed to design patterns. However the authors explained within the book itself that they are big fans of design patterns; their objective was to build on the concept by providing constructive means for dealing with the frequent "patterns of failure" they had professionally dealt with.


*cite journal |title=AntiPatterns |author=J. Moore |date=1999-02-01 |publisher=Association for Computing Machinery |journal=ACM Computing Reviews |url=
*cite web |url= |title=Adding a New Facet to the Patterns Discussion |author=Angelika Langer |publisher= |accessdate=2008-04-06
*cite web |url= |title=AntiPatterns in Project Management by William J Brown |author=Francis Glassborow |publisher=ACCU |accessdate=2008-04-06
* Reviewed in C/C++ Users Journal July 1998 v16 n7 p63(2) by Marc Briand []


External links

* [] A web site maintained by the authors with several patterns defined and other related articles.
* [ Anti Patterns Book] at WikiWikiWeb

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