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Why does Java use :: for method references instead of .?

I often wonder why Java uses :: for method references instead of ., e.g. why write System.out::println instead of System.out.println Of course, one might simply answer: "because the designers ...
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In a JavaScript method signature what is meant by a return type of `typeof blahBlahBlah`?

I've seen an API list methods with both of the following signatures: methodA(...) : ReturnType methodB(...) : typeof ReturnType I understand the first but not the second. My question comes ...
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Variable can't hold str() method information with “pure” word in brackets… why?

I've recently bumped into string methods and mainly str() method caught my interest because, it makes string out of every type of data? integers, booleans and so on. And if you want, they can be ...
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Trouble handling constraints for the input of a method

I'm looking for advice on how to handle constraints on the input of a method. I have a method that only works if the input argument(s) fulfill certain constraints. If the method is called on input ...
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Object Oriented Python methods and their parameters

Let's say I have a class MyClass ... which has a data member x class MyClass1 : def __init__(self) : self.x = 1 Also a method which does something with x Should I pass self.x as a ...
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Java Ellipses Signature for Multiple Parmeters

Firstly, I am studying function with new type of signature and body, and in this code, I want to know, what type of object is values? It doesn't appear to be an array of strings based on my ...
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What is better IllegalStateException or silent method execution? [closed]

Let's say I have a MediaPlayer class which has play() and stop() methods. What is the best strategy to use when implementing the stop method in case when the play method has not been called before. I ...
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Should “magic” getter functions be used for dynamically calculated values or just existing properties?

For example, if I had a Customer class and wanted to get all orders by them. Would it be better to do: class Customer{ public function getOrders(){ return results from db query } } .....
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Rule of thumb for deciding which class a method belongs to

For example, imagine a website which stores results about a certain sport or game, which has a typical "season" structure, such that there's both a Player and a Season class. To retrieve a player's ...
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Benefit of not overloading `AbstractCollection.add()` and having `AbstractCollection.addAll()`?

example: public class Something { private Set<String> names = new HashSet(); public void add(String n) { names.add(n); } public void add(Set<String> set) { names.addAll(set); ...
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Is it okay for a class to use its own public method?

Background I currently have a situation where I have an object that is both transmitted and received by a device. This message has several constructs, as follows: public void ReverseData() public ...
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printing in methods vs printing in the main/driver class

I'm fairly new to programming and am currently creating a blackjack game in Java. I've progressed quite well, although could use some pointers with regards to the best way to implement a method. At ...
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Calculating a score and a breakdown of the score in different places - should I use the same methods?

I am creating a plugin that uses a metric to determine a score on one page and allows the user to click through to see a more detailed breakdown of the score on a separate page. The trouble is: I can'...
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“Smart create” method naming

Every class of a model in my application has a create method. The framework gives me the default implementation of create which is “create in the DB”. Sometimes I need to perform some extra actions ...
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Why do we add instance methods to classes? [closed]

Rewrite of the Question: Is there a technical reason why we are not using static methods instead of instance methods. Technical reasons are for example: Performance or added type-safety. I reason ...
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When decoupling methods is not a good idea?

It's a discussion about follow very strictly the SRP (Single Responsability Principle) vs. be more flexible when you write simple codes, like setting or getting properties values, even out of a direct ...
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Java need to call many methods systematically

I have a group of methods that is going to be very large. I need to be able to call methods systematically from a large group, in two different ways. The methods create a new item object with ...
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What is the best way to split up large methods where each subtask depends on previous tasks?

According to this question and just about every style guide I've ever read, large methods are bad. However, suppose I have a method that does the following: Receive a JSON String from some service ...
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Helper methods of a particular class [closed]

Let's say I have a class that needs some helper methods to do its work. The number of helper methods starts to grow and the size of the class also starts to grow a lot. How should I handle this ...
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Use a hash character or a dot when referring to methods and fields in software documentation? [closed]

Assuming I have this class (Java code only for the sake of example): class Person { private String name; public void setName(String name) { this.name = name; } } When I write ...
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Ambiguity in method overloading

The book I am reading on Java states something confusing and unacceptable. Learning About Ambiguity When you overload methods, you risk creating an ambiguous situation - one which the compiler ...
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Difference of efficiency [duplicate]

I'm doing a compiler, and I'm using the System.out.println(); to print assembly; And the code get bigger, and more complicate to understand. I want to know whats is the difference of efficiency ...
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Should I put the parameters in constructor or in method? (Python 3)

I have the following code: def __init__(self, vocable_file_path, xsd_file_path, word_list_file_path): self.vocable_file_path = vocable_file_path self.xsd_file_path = xsd_file_path self....
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Returning a Flag Indicating Success [closed]

Whenever I'm writing code, I always stub out my methods like this (not necessarily using generics): public T MyMethod() { T result = default(T); // or null return result; } This always puts ...
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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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Function name in parentheses after fuction call in Python

I ran into these lines of code in the QPYTHON Android app. They are part of a sample that uses the Bottle module to create a simple Web server that seems to work fine. app = Bottle() app.route('/', ...
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One method to search and create if not found, or two methods

Lets say i am writing a web app that accesses user accounts in a database. If the account exist use that data. But if the account doesn't exist create a new one. Should this be done with two or one ...
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Modern frameworks method conventions

I've been noticing that modern frameworks tend to have this kind of code style: expect(6 - 4).toBe(2) this can be rephrased as: assert(6-4, 2) Yet the former is much more readable. I would like to ...
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Should I check parameter before using it in methods? [duplicate]

I'm going to build some public PHP packages, Following standards is a priority for me. PHP lets users call methods even if they don't pass required parameters to it. My question. Should I check ...
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Are “plus” and “minus” appropriate method names?

Java SE 8 comes with a new mechanism for dates, introducing LocalDate, LocalTime and LocalDateTime classes to represent instants of time. To manipulate such instants, a set of methods are given: ...
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Identifier vs domain object as a method parameter

Are there any objective arguments for or against using objects vs unique ID as method/function parameters? (and members of other objects?). Specially in the context of statically typed languages (C#/...
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Down Sides to Using Properties as Opposed to Method Variables [closed]

I am debating the pros and cons of a couple of utility classes I have. The classes have a couple of properties which are set prior to calling the class methods. However, I was wondering if there are ...
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Why python function programming functions are not collection methods? [duplicate]

In other words, is there a Python design related reason for it to be so? Functions like map, filter, reduce etc. are just plain functions. Is it just a poor design choice (if it is a good one, ...
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Method extraction vs underlying assumptions

When I split big methods (or procedures, or functions — this question is not specific to OOP, but since I work in OOP languages 99% of the time, it's the terminology that I'm most comfortable with) ...
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what is the best method to return db query and additional information from other methods

I am new to MVC and trying to continue to learn base on best practices. I am trying to return data from multiple sources -- one source being a mysql db query and another source from another method ...
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Why using string[] args in all main methods?

I'm a beginner in learning programming. I ask about using the string array in main method as a parameter. Why not writing the Main() method without the string array? What is the point of having this ...
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Passing by value multiple times vs. Creating a public class variable

Suppose I have a series of methods across different classes that all use the same five core variables defined in my main method. I could chain these five variables as method arguments from one method ...
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when using dependency injection, should I always pass an interface

When using depending injection, you generally pass everything around as an interface (perhaps with the exception of primitives and strings). That allows you to easily chance the behavior, without ...
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How to split a Service class in two but still use them like one?

I've got a class: AuthenticationService findLoggedInUser() Checks session if User is logged in. If not, check client persistent user login cookie and log in. loginUser($email, $pw, $remember = ...
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Does this function do one thing only?

Is the following method considered to be doing one thing only? I'm wondering about that since it takes an optional argument. public function findErrors($name = null) { if ($name) { ...
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When should a method of a class return the same instance after modifying itself?

I have a class that has three methods A(), B() and C(). Those methods modify the own instance. While the methods have to return an instance when the instance is a separate copy (just as Clone()), I ...
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Is there a way to avoid type-checking in this scenario?

I have a class SuperClass with two subclasses SubClassA and SubClassB. I have a method in a different class which takes a SuperClass parameter. The method should do different things depending on the ...
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Is it bad practice to resolve null arguments to default static variables?

First, let me show you an example (written in ActionScript 3.0): class GameObject { public static function MakeFromName( pName:String, pAtlas:TextureAtlas ...
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Designing database related methods, which is better to return: true/false or row affected?

I have some methods that perform some data changing in a database (insert, update, and delete). The ORM I'm using return row-affected int values for those type of method. What should I return for "my ...
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How to name a method that both performs a task and returns a boolean as a status?

If there is a method bool DoStuff() { try { // doing stuff... return true; } catch (SomeSpecificException ex) { return false; } } should it rather be called ...
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Refactoring a 1500 LOC method that only builds the graphical UI [closed]

I'm currently scratching my head over how to refactor a method that basically only builds the UI. The method is more than 1500 lines of code (LOC) long - and counting. It has grown, there was no plan ...
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For instance methods, would always returning self or this, instead of using a void return type, be a clean coding style? [closed]

I just came across this article, and in particular, this answer. Essentially they're talking about returning self from instance methods to allow for method chaining. That being said, one of the ...
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Design Pattern: Algorithm varies according to the input arguments

I will give a simple example to help you understand my question. Suppose we have a rectangle and a Utility class with a method that creates a buffer arround a shape. The .createBuffer method has ...
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Method naming advice required [closed]

My question will be about how do you think it would be fit to name some methods in a fluent interface. Let me try to demonstrate the problem. Consider this relation tree: A person can have dogs and ...
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Why have private static methods?

I just wanted to clear up a question I have. What is the point of having a private static method as opposed to a normal method with private visibility? I would have thought an advantage to having a ...