Pattern System

A PatternSystem is neither a PatternCatalog nor a PatternLanguage. Buschmann et al. say in their new book (p. xiii, PatternOrientedSoftwareArchitecture by the PartyOfFive, Wiley, 1996):

"We call this approach pattern-oriented system architecture. We talk about pattern systems, in which patterns are not just collected into a heterogeneous container, but are also grouped according to appropriate criteria. The GoF book started this categorization effort by dividing patterns into 'creational','structural', and 'behavioral' groupings. We try to take the next step by grouping patterns according to finer-grained criteria such as interactive and adaptable systems, organization of work, communication and access control."
For an introduction to Patterns: For a jumping off place:
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