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"Let me Start by saying that I highly recommend this book. If youare a reader of the expanding literature on pattern-orientedsoftware design, rush out and buy this book! This book has thepotential to be a seminal volume." —Glenn E. Mitchell II, Ph.D.:Microsoft Office Pro; www.msofficepro.com; (5/30/01)
Although hardware improvements have alleviated the need for some low-level software optimizations, the lifecycle cost [Boe81] and effort required to develop software-particularly mission-critical concurrent and networked applications-continues to rise. The disparity between the rapid rate of hardware advances versus the slower software progress stems from a number of factors, including:
Inherent and accidental complexities. There are vexing problems with concurrent and networked software that result from inherent and accidental complexities...