Books for the beach

It's been a really tough winter and spring workload-wise, but I hope things will cool down a bit now for the summer - apart from the weather of course. Have I told you before that we Swedes are extremely weather fixated?

So, if you manage to find time for a couple of days on the beach, it's important to load up with books to read, so I'd like give a few read tips. First out is "Enterprise Patterns and MDA; Building Better Software with Archetype Patterns and UML", by Jim Arlow and Ila Neustadt. I have just started reading it, but Iím particularly interested in the Archetype Patterns they discuss. They are like domain sub-models that you can reuse in your own domain models, or at least use for inspiration.

Another book that I should have read a long time ago is "Design & Use of Software Architecture; Adopting and evolving a product-line approach" by Jan Bosch. In the past, I worked in the same department as Jan at a University in Sweden. It's actually very embarrassing to admit that I havenít read the whole book yet... but thereís lots of time for that now!

Finally, the third tip is about a book that isn't out yet. It's called "Software Factories: Assembling Applications with Patterns, Frameworks, Models and Tools" by Jack Greenfield and Keith Short. I've read a couple of chapters from the manuscript and itís very interesting. A must read! It will be released in July.