The IBM developerWorks site has a new article posted that talks about design patterns, five of them in particular, that can help to "accelerate your PHP development" and make your code more maintainable down the line.
As an application developer, you can have a lifelong career without ever knowing what any of the patterns are called or how or when they're used. However, I've found that a good working knowledge of these patterns, as well as those introduced in the developerWorks article "Five common PHP design patterns" (see Resources), allows you to do two things: Enable high-bandwidth conversations and reduce painful lessons.
The patterns they talk about in this "five more" article of the series are:
- Adapter Pattern
- Iterator Pattern
- Decorator Pattern
- Delegate Pattern
- State Pattern
Diagrams are provided for each of them, showing how they flow along with brief code examples (structures really) to show how that transitions over to actual use.