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Define an object with the interface as a type instead of class name [duplicate]

I try to practice with the design patterns and explore one of the possible implementations of the Observer Design Pattern in Java. I paid attention, that in this example the object is defined with the ...
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Optional features: default method or separated interface

Dedicated interfaces seems to be a good way to expose the optional features in a domain-specific type hierarchy. However, they impede the use of decorator and composite patterns, which is also common ...
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Is an interface considered 'empty' if it inherits from other interfaces?

Empty interfaces are generally consider bad practice, as far as I can tell - especially where things like attributes are supported by the language. However, is an interface considered 'empty' if it ...
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Declaring 'chained' interface inheritance

I assume this is largely language-agnostic, but I'm working in C# if it's not Let's say interface I3 inherits from I2, which in turn inherits from I1. I could write this: interface I1 { ... } ...
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Interfaces, abstraction, coding to an interface

Original question here I am learning OOP and SOLID. I have a 'main' class that performs some actions after reading variables from a config file. This 'main' class is not the focus of this question ...
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Convert this abstract class to an interface

I have a security method I would like to be able to sprinkle into other classes throughout my program. It is currently an abstract class but I feel it would be more appropriate as an interface. Can ...
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UnsupportedOperationException in java collections framework interfaces

Looking through the Java Collections Framework, I've noticed quite a few of the interfaces have the comment (optional operation). These methods allow implementing classes to through an ...
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Advantages of these recommendations in ooprogramming using Java

Below are the recommendation from section 5.1 of this essay. While Java is not a pure object-oriented language, it is possible to program in a pure object-oriented style by obeying the following ...
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Why List<E> interface is additionally introduced in collection hierarchy? [duplicate]

Below is the diagram, where, if we just consider the implementations of List, AbstractList maintains the core behavior of list. To introduce the new implementation class MyList(say) one can inherit ...
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Creating an interface just to decouple from third party libraries

I'm currently developing the Authorization module on a framework of mine. I have the following class so far: public interface IAuthorizationManager<C> where C : ...
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What would this interface be called? [closed]

At work we have a java backend that talks to python on some mobile devices. The mobile devices have no GUI, it's just pure string manipulation. All contact is initiated by the python; the java is just ...
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How valuable is decoupling in proprietary software?

When developing with Symfony2 PHP framework I often see reccomendations to decouple code but most of the time that is accompanied by a 'if you want to release as a third party bundle'. Which begs the ...
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What should this interface contain?

I am creating a schema for Doctrine but first I'm creating interfaces, abstract classes (models) which will be extended by the entities. I have a PresentationInterface which contain getter and ...
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Programming to an Interface and Keep Testability in Unique Classes [duplicate]

I try to program to an interface whenever possible, but when I have a class that fulfills a very specific and unique purpose, one that can't be abstracted. Is it correct for me to say that I've ...
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Programming to an Interface and Interface Segregation in the Context of a User Class [duplicate]

I try to program to an interface whenever possible, but its not clear to me how I could apply it to a model as broad as a user. Which can hold many disparate fields (name, age, phone number, ssn, etc.)...
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JEE MVC, controller calls the interface instead of the interface implementation

I'm following this tutorial: http://wiki4.caucho.com/Building_a_simple_listing_in_JSP It creates a basic web application in Eclipse using the MVC pattern with Resin as the web container. Here's the ...
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Repeating Interface inheritance declarations

Take the following example: public interface ISerialRVD { RouteValueDictionary ToRVD(); } public interface IViewModel : ISerialRVD // Here? { Int32 Page { get; set; } String Action { get;...
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Separate interface for mutation methods

I've been working on refactoring some code, and I think I may have taken the first step down the rabbit hole. I'm writing the example in Java, but I suppose it could be agnostic. I have an interface ...
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How can I avoid the use of strings?

I'm implementing a program where the user can 'create a musical scale' from a variety of notes (identified by their names), and the program will generate music from this scale. I want to implement a ...
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Is it good practice to implement two Java 8 default methods in terms of each other?

I'm designing an interface with two related methods, similar to this: public interface ThingComputer { default Thing computeFirstThing() { return computeAllThings().get(0); } ...
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Correct approach for creating api contract

I am trying to design an API. For creating contracts below are the two approaches: Approach 1: public class MyController { public void MyAction1(Dictionary<string, dynamic> input) { //...
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When is a event listener invoked during program execution?

I am using the Obervable-Observer Pattern. MyClass extends Observable{ invokeListeners(){ doSomething; setChanged(); notifyListeners();//This invokes onUpdate() in "implements ...
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Provide part of context to class using interface

Currently I have class Context which I inject in some places in my code, like: protected override object GenerateSomething (object input, Context ctx) Depending on Context, Generate method gives ...
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Expressing interface inheritance in natural language [duplicate]

In object-oriented programming, when you extend a class you establish an is-a relationship between a new subtype and its parent(s), i.e. B is an A (aka code inheritance). When you compose a class with ...
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Lesser of two evils regarding return types

I'm implementing a system in PHP where values are represented with objects that implement an Amount interface. I'm building two different implementations of this interface, one using a simple integer ...
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Does it always make sense to “program to an interface” in Java?

I've seen the discussion at this question regarding how a class that implements from an interface would be instantiated. In my case, I'm writing a very small program in Java that uses an instance of ...
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Why is .compareTo() in an interface while .equals() is in a class in Java?

I want to know why the .compareTo() is in the Comparable interface while a method like .equals is in the Object class. To me, it seems arbitrary why a method like .compareTo() is not in the Object ...
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Design interface for WebService to access several MySQL databases

I am currently trying to design an interface for a WebService that can access several MySQL databases. There will be 4 operations available, Add(), Read(), Update() and Delete(). The WebService just ...
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Application plugin system - interfaces - adding new features

Imagine I have an application, which have plugin system. public class MyPlugin : Plugin { public override ExecuteImpl (Context ctx) { // do something... } ...
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Class Interfaces with Multiple Classes and Dependency Injection

NOTE ON QUESTION TITLE: I did not really even know how to phrase the title so if someone can edit and make it more articulate I would really appreciate it. QUESTION: Basically, what I'm trying to do ...
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Is it considered good practice to declare base interfaces without mutators, supplying mutatators in a sub-interface

I asked a question on StackOverflow on how to properly implement an ImmutableMap that abides by the SOLID principles. Due to Java's Map interface containing put and putAll, it violates the interface ...
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Many different classes that need similar functionality. Best approach?

I have many (at the moment around 30) different message classes in an application I am creating. Each of these messages need to be serialized and deserialized. However, the process of serializing and ...
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License that encourages improvements to the original version rather than own forks? [closed]

I'm looking for a license that should encourage changes to my original open source rather than encouraging forks and uncontrolled random redistribution. This is because of the nature of the code; it's ...
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“One of some”-type

Say that you have some different classes that does not really have any functionality in common, but somewhere in your program, you need one of them (which one is not necessarily important) because ...
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When to make a method part of an interface or a concrete implementation? [duplicate]

I create an interface for database access to a MySQL database. Currently, this is the only way to access day, but to make it easier to test and in the event that the data access might change, I used ...
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Can you refer to the callback function as an API?

A system design is decoupled into two layers say layer A and layer B. The interaction between layer A and layer B occurs through an interface that is exposed by layer B in form of an API. This ...
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Sometimes, “programming to interfaces” introduces possible (and avoidable) runtime exceptions?

Please consider the com.google.common.collect.ImmutableMap Programming to its interface, Map , creates a bug that could blow-up in the runtime as such: Map<String, Integer> myMap = ...
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Do enums create brittle interfaces?

Consider the example below. Any change to the ColorChoice enum affects all IWindowColor subclasses. Do enums tend to cause brittle interfaces? Is there something better than an enum to allow for ...
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How do you maintain protocol of function return value in dynamic language?

In dynamic programming language like Python, Javascript, it's very easy to make a function return an object: def make_vector2(a, b): return {"x": a, "y": b} The 'signature' of the returned ...
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Is Dependency Inversion a valid alternative to the pImpl idiom?

If I want to present to the user of my code an interface, that is unlikely to change, I can write only the public part of the classes in public headers and have a single private pointer to another ...
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Should I extend an interface or keep it independent?

I'm trying to decide whether to extend a base interface with additional methods or create several independent interfaces. I have a Task interface that looks like this interface Task { public ...
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Delegating work and programming to component interfaces

I have a MessageHandler class which receives and validates messages before determining which components in the architecture they should be delegated to so they can be processed. This involves calling ...
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Is using interfaces for datatypes an anti-pattern?

Suppose I have a various entities in my model (using EF), say User, Product, Invoice and Order. I am writing a user control that can can print the summaries of entity objects in my application where ...
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Implement multiple separate interfaces or interface hierarchy

I've been refactoring one of my projects recently and ran into a decision I have to make. I have several interfaces: Entity: Something in the game world Actor: An Entity that can perform actions ...
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When to use a SortedMap interface?

The rule in programming is to use the most general interface possible. But the difference between Map and SortedMap is more subtle. They compile to the same bytecode [I think] No additional safety is ...
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Are single method interface and function type definition the same?

In a language where it is possible to define interfaces and typedefs (using Dart here): abstract class Receiver { void receive(int quantity); } typedef void Receive(int quantity); abstract class ...
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Interface design - Parameter choice

Situation: Is it better to have one or few parameters that supply more than enough information for the intended process or should you have more specific parameters that provide just enough ...
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Do my “dal” and “fileHandler” interfaces overlap?

I want my program to: read some input lines from CSV file write the output lines to plain string file read some input from the same file in (2) and compare it to some calculated data I want to ...
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Should private functions be held to the same standards as public functions?

If I'm building private utility functions, should they be held to the same rigorous standards in terms of handling invalid data as public functions? Example:If I'm writing code to calculate the ...
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Define Interface Simplicity vs Implementation Simplicity

In Richard Gabriel's The Rise of "Worse is Better", he talks about the simplicity of interface vs the simplicity of implementation in a design. I've never been able to quite grasp what he means and ...