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Understanding MVC in PHP (40 tags)
The most popular "proper" way to build a web application seems to be to use the Model-View-Controller design pattern. While it sounds complex, the concepts are sound and the ease of development it provides are compelling. Joe Stump shows how MVC can work in PHP by walking through working, example code.

J2EE Design Patterns (17 tags)
Design patterns are a way of bringing clarity to a system architecture; they allow for the possibility of better systems being built. This article covers how to identify and use design patterns in J2EE apps, specifically for the presentation layer.

Form Your Own Design Pattern Study Group (13 tags)
Like most complex subjects, design patterns are best learned over a period of time, not in a few sittings. Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Freeman, coauthors of Head First Design Patterns, suggest one way to ease the learning curve (and have some fun along the way): form a study group, using their book. If you're ready to get your engineering team together, the Freemans get you started in this article with a plan to follow and chapter-by-chapter questions to help generate discussion.

A Look at Commons Chain, Part 1 (11 tags)
In part one of a two-part series, Bill Siggelkow covers the basics of Chain, a promising new framework from the Jakarta Commons subproject that lets you integrate Chain into the Struts build process. In part two, Bill will cover how Chain is being applied to Struts and other projects. Bill is the author of O'Reilly's Jakarta Struts Cookbook.

Domain Searching Using Visitors (7 tags)
Modern applications typically require domain searching functionality--the ability to search for data within the context of the application domain. In this article, Paul Mukherjee describes an approach to domain searching using the Visitor pattern, and explains its advantages.