• Jan 1, 1961
    (b.) - ?

Bio/Description

Born in Zürich, Switzerland, he is a Swiss computer scientist and co-author of the best-selling and influential software engineering textbook, “Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software” (Addison-Wesley, 1995). A Distinguished Engineer at IBM Rational Software's Zurich lab, he was one of the leaders on the IBM Rational Jazz project. He co-wrote the JUnit software testing framework with Kent Beck and led the design of the Eclipse platform's Java Development Tools (JDT). He joined Microsoft's Visual Studio team in 2011 and leads a development lab in Zürich that has developed the "Monaco" suite of components for browser-based development, found in products such as Visual Studio Online, Azure Mobile Services, Azure Web Sites, and the Office 365 Development tools. In an interview in 2005, Erich Gamma explained: “I think patterns as a whole can help people learn object-oriented thinking: how you can leverage polymorphism, design for composition, delegation, balance responsibilities, and provide pluggable behavior. Patterns go beyond applying objects to some graphical shape example, with a shape class hierarchy and some polymorphic draw method. You really learn about polymorphism when you've understood the patterns. So patterns are good for learning OO and design in general.” He is a member of the Gang of Four, which is known for its classical book, “Design Patterns”. He has also authored or co-authored: “Erich Gamma on Flexibility and Reuse”; Design Principles from Design Patterns; Patterns and Practice; and Eclipse's Culture of Shipping. He has given several interviews and is a well-known speaker on Visual Studio and JavaScript.