Presentation Patterns – Supervising Presenter

Like the Autonomous View, this is another one of Martin Fowler’s patterns. He calls it Supervising Controller, but suggests the alternative name of Supervising Presenter. I’m voting for the latter for the following reasons:

  • This pattern is a derivative of the Model-View-Presenter pattern rather than Model-View-Controller, so ‘Supervising Presenter’ seems a more suitable name.
  • Due to excessive overloading, the meaning of the term ‘controller’ in UI architecture discussions has become somewhat vague.
  • The ‘Presenter’ object is neither a controller in the J2EE / Model-2 / Cairngorm sense of the word, nor does it have much in common with the controllers from the original Smalltalk-MVC architecture.

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