I'm developing an Android app whose architecture is based on the well known Uncle's Bob Clean Architecture.

I have the following Use Case:

Validate User Subscription

It's based on this use case descryption( main success scenario)

  1. Check if validation warning was already shown

    • Yes -> Go to step 6

    • No -> Go to step 2

  2. Check if user has internet connection

    • Yes -> Access remote repository

    • No -> Access local repository

  3. System gets user's subscription hash in repository

  4. System generates a key to decrypt the subscription hash

  5. System decrypts the hash using the previously generated key and returns the status of the subscription ( Valid / Invalid)

    • Status is valid: System saves the subscription on device and changes the user type to Premium

    • Status is invalid: System saves the subscription on device changes the user type to Free

  6. Use case terminates

I'm facing a problem on step 2. As you can see, I need to change my repository during the use case execution, but I don't know the best way to implement it.

One of my ideas was to inject the repository through method injection ( using some sort of setRepository(Repository repository) instead of constructor injection. Is this ok?

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    What do you mean by "OK?" Note: don't answer that question with a tautology like "best practice." State a specific, objectively-answerable criteria. – Robert Harvey Nov 5 '16 at 18:57
  • Well, on the majority of examples about Clean Architecture that I saw/read the use case dependencies were injected during use case construction and not execution. Also, in my view I think that letting the use case choose the repository at execution time is bad for testing since the decision of which repository to use is inside the use case. – Rômulo.Edu Nov 5 '16 at 20:39
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    Why not inject a factory instead that will return the repository you need by passing it either 'local' or 'remote' as constructing arg ? – Steve Chamaillard Nov 7 '16 at 5:24

Try a proxy which has the remote and local repository as dependencies and use the one needed. Here is a C# implementation

public class ProxyRepository : IRepository

    private readonly IRepository _remoteRepository;
    private readonly IRepository _localRepository;

    public ProxyRepository(IRepository remoteRepository, IRepository localRepository)
        _remoteRepository = remoteRepository;
        _localRepository = localRepository;

    public byte[] GetUserHash(Guid userId)
         if (ThereIsAnInternetConnection())
              return _remoteRepository.GetUserHash(userId);
              return _localRepository.GetUserHash(userId);

    private bool ThereIsAnInternetConnection()
        // your implementation of this, you might want to cache this call
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    In "clean architecture speak", this means moving the internet access check out of the Use Case and into a Gateway/Driver. This may or may not be OK, depending on if you consider "use the remote repository if there is internet access, the local repository otherwise" a business rule or not. – Jory Geerts Nov 7 '16 at 13:28

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