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Design Pattern Variation and Intents Table

On several different occasions I have meant to create an easy look-up table for quickly finding all of the GoF design patterns, their general purpose, their scope, what can vary and their intent. I finally did it! Click Play to view and Download to get it for your desktop.(It’s just an HTML table; so don’t get too excited.)
play buttondownload this sucker
The next time you’re wondering what pattern to use, just give it a click and the table will faithfully appear before you.

  1. January 19, 2013 at 11:24 am | #1

    Nice table! I also really like the Design Patterns Quick Reference by Mr. McDonald

    The cards have a very nice format for using it as a fast reference on your desk. Enjoy

  2. William B. Sanders
    January 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm | #2

    Hi Florian,

    You’re right! The McDonald materials are very handy. Thanks.


  3. mpmedia
    March 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm | #3

    Just wanted to say i’ve been reading your articles and books for years and it still help today. It is a great resource for OOP learning and exemples can easily be adapted to other languages. Regards.

    • William B. Sanders
      March 7, 2013 at 2:10 am | #4

      Hey Mpmedia,

      That’s good to hear. if you’re at all into PHP, check out

      Kindest regards,

  4. Ibrahim
    April 15, 2013 at 6:16 am | #5

    Greetings from Tajikistan!

    Proferssor Sanders, just remembered you and I wish you the best in your life and teaching!


    • William B. Sanders
      April 15, 2013 at 8:42 am | #6


      How nice to hear from you! I hope all is well with, and you are happy in your work. What are you doing now? Also come see my PHP Blog.(

      Dr. Sanders

  1. March 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm | #1

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