Prescriptive Pattern Language

A ``Prescriptive Pattern Language'' is a partially (at least) ordered collection of patterns, which direct the reader how to solve a specific kind of problem. (Compare with PatternsHandbookLanguage.)

-- PaulChisholm:

I have two hypotheses:

One: The patterns in a Prescriptive Pattern Language are qualitatively different than other patterns (e.g., standalone patterns, or patterns in a PatternsHandbookLanguage). The patterns are less general, there is less motivation, explicit context is less important.

Two: A framework is best described by a Prescriptive Pattern Language. A programmer writing programs to a framework always does the same kinds of things. (That's what makes frameworks so easy to use once they're learned). A Prescriptive Pattern Language captures those "kinds of things" as steps in the development, each one a pattern, ordered to minimize the global understanding needed to carry out each step.



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