Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Rethinking Model-View-Controller 

via Bryan Thompson Beyond MVC: A New Look at the Servlet Infrastructure This article is the first of two that examine in depth the origins of the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern and its misapplication to servlet framework architectures. The purpose of this first piece is threefold. First, it attempts to provide an accurate description of the problems brought about by MVC in servlet middleware. Second, it suggests techniques and strategies for coming up with a new design, one better suited to the needs of servlet infrastructure developers. Third, it offers an example of a completely new, nonderivative pattern we might use moving forward. The second article backs up my assertions by introducing and exploring a reference implementation of the new design. Ultimately, my goal with these two articles is to convince the servlet middleware community once and for all to put the dark days of MVC behind us and to lay the groundwork for completely new, nonderivative servlet middleware architectures that better address our common needs. Please bear with me; I wouldn't write a piece about MVC in the servlet tier unless I believed it was a funeral dirge.

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