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PatternShare was a computer software design pattern web resource, hosted by Microsoft. Much of the work was led by Ward Cunningham, of Microsoft. In 2007 Pattern Share was taken offline.

Its aim appeared to be to:

  • Bring together pattern summaries from many authors.
  • Provide a platform for discussion and further exploration of the interconnections between them.

Interesting facts

  • It was a Design Pattern metabase
  • Several orthogonal dimensions of categories
  • Automatic interlinking, through standard templates that embody its structural inferences
  • Multiple contributing websites closes[edit]

In 2007 Pattern Share was taken offline. Reports indicate that the Patterns and Practices team at Microsoft felt that time was better spent integrating P&P principles into re-usable code libraries, as opposed to devoting resources to direct developer education.[1]