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Help in understanding computer science, programming and abstraction [duplicate]

Until now, I always believed that you should learn programming languages that make you do low-level stuff (e.g. C) to understand what's really happening under the hood and how the computer really ...
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What is the difference between ADTs and objects? [closed]

This question was answered in a post here title "Understanding Abstract Data Types (ADTs) [duplicate]" (You need at least 10 reptutation to post more than 2 links...), and the top voted answerer (by ...
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Qualification problem in situation calculus

I am learning AI situation calculus by defining a situation via a situation calculus through the use of states, actions and affects for a robot vacuum world. The question is to what extent do i need ...
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Terminology: abstraction vs models [closed]

I'm building a model of the SQL query language. It doesn't attempt to abstract SQL at all - instead, it tries to model it directly, so it has model objects named Query, Table, Column, Variable, ...
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Having a globally static cached list without breaking encapsulation?

I have a couple wrappers around third party APIs that allow me to retrieve information from certain web services. Querying these services can be rather time intensive, so in my older version of my ...
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Setting up my inheritance model?

I'm working on refactoring a synchronization web app that our company uses. Currently it's merely a set of controllers that fire up a set of helpers that go through a long chain of if-else type ...
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Possible design patterns for a service that synchronizes two third party services [closed]

I am currently in the process of refactoring a web service that synchronizes two third party services. The two services do not really interact well with each other, and there is quite a bit of ...
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Resistance to abstraction [closed]

I am on an ASP.NET MVC project where we use Razor to define pages. One thing I like to do is to use Razor's @helper to DRY up pretty much any duplication in HTML (i.e. formalize even small UI ...
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How to frame the concept behind CMake?

I'm using CMake for several years now and found that - in the cases where I'm struggling with CMake - I'm still not completely sure about the concept behind CMake (not taking into account CTest, CPack ...
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Using own ArrayList in general purpose C libraries, but allowing a different implementation

I've written a couple of libraries since beginning to use C again last year. One thing that still needs addressing in both of these is the correct use of array-based lists - hereafter, ArrayLists. At ...
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Fix a leaky abstraction (type checking)

I have a method that accepts an interface and does type checking on the parameter, and depending upon the type a decision is made to either send an email or an alert public void ...
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Abstract Alert Dialog Builders (Same Method Calls, Different Objects)

Currently I'm working on an Android library that creates a dialog which allows to select colors from a palette (examples at the end) and I've stumbled upon an interesting design problem. To create ...
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How to make sure people call methods in the right order?

Situation I'm designing a database abstraction layer for sql (mysql, sqlite) and mongoDb. The goal is to give the user/developer a library which is able to create queries for different databases. ...
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How to abstract from a display?

I'm building an embedded text editor consisting of a keyboard, an LCD display and a PIC32 microcontroller, to be programmed in C. The application should look, for example, like the GNU nano editor. ...
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'Encapsulation Vs Performance' trade-off in a lockable linked list

Main purpose of encapsulation is to protect in-variants of any class(in java). Here is the complete code for class DList/class lockDList/class DListNode/class LockDListNode. class DList and it's ...
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Abstract/encapsulating session superglobal usage inside common accessor class

I am in the process of removing direct dependencies from an existing project. I have now come to removing the direct use of $_SESSION inside scripts. This is to make the same scripts available for an ...
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What design pattern is this? [duplicate]

I'm struggling to come up with the name of a design pattern that I need to write about. I've been lead to think it was abstraction but apparently not. Let's say I had a driver class which has a Drive ...
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A layer of abstraction too far?

Using an enterprise service bus, a message translator pulls a message off the queue ready to be consumed by a service. The translator picks up the message in a canonical data model (CDM) form and ...
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Is it possible to avoid abstraction inversion in this scenario?

I'm designing a library built on web scraping that tries to provide an API to a popular news site. I am representing each of its articles as a collection of 'elements' (IElement), such as images, ...
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Use StringLike instead of String in Scala?

Scala has the StringLike trait. Let's say I want to create a case class Name and internally it should save the name with some characters. Should I use case class Name(name: StringLike) or case class ...
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Abstracting AutoLayout sensibly - why is this so conceptually tough and where should I begin?

Below are some babbling, probably incoherent thoughts, but I am so stuck on this problem and I feel like an elegant solution is possible. Though it is indisputably awesome, and makes programatic view ...
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Why sequences are recommended as conventional interfaces?

From the reference of berkeley's version of sicp text, It is mentioned that: Expressing programs as sequence operations helps us design programs that are modular. That is, our designs are ...
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Abstract Web API from validation and configuration management in embedded system

Im working with embedded Linux for a router. There is a web GUI for the user to configure router options. When user fill a web form this is submitted to a web server function that is responsible of ...
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Is LinkedList an Abstract Data Structure? [duplicate]

This quote is from the book HeadFirst C: A linked list is an example of an abstract data structure. It’s called an abstract data structure because a linked list is general: it can be used to ...
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Building Data abstraction for rational numbers using “objects”

I follow this definition of "object":An object is a value exporting a procedural interface to data or behavior. Objects use procedural abstraction for information hiding, not type abstraction. Object ...
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Event action abstraction and trigger control

I am thinking of abstracting Event action in order to make further alteration/implementation/maintenance easy since the project I am currently working on has volatile requirement. So I thought of the ...
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Abstraction in algorithms

I asked some questions about algorithms, and some replied they are abstract concepts, however I don't know what abstraction means for algorithms or how it applies. For objects, I know if we remove ...
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Can “higher order function” feature allow/maintain abstraction and encapsulation?

Below is the function repeat written using a functional paradigm, such that when called as repeat(square, 2)(5) it will apply the square function 2 times on the number 5, something like ...
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Which design (pattern) would be suitable to abstract logging platforms?

I need to create a simple system to abstract logging platforms. The idea is that I'd like to be able to exchange or activate a logging platform (nlog, log4net, enterprise library) via some ...
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Open closed principle vs abstraction leaking (Java enums)

In Java, an enum is not a plain replacement for a number (like in C/C++), but a family of objects which can have properties. For instance public enum Order { NAME("Ordering by name"), ...
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Implementing an interface already implemented by a parent class?

If a class extends a parent which defines an interface, should that class also explicitly implement the interface? As an example, is it better to include or remove the portion in square brackets ...
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Does functional programming increase the 'representational gap' between problems and solutions? [closed]

Since machine language (e.g., 0110101000110101) computer languages have generally evolved to higher forms of abstraction, generally making it easier to understand the code when it's applied to a ...
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Why is it said that a class represents an abstraction? [closed]

I think that abstraction represents only the essential things needed for the purpose as there are so many unnecessary properties. So why is it said that a class represents an abstraction?
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Should I be extracting strings from source in core java the way android does?

I just started doing android development stuff after getting pretty comfortable with Java. Android apps tend to do this weird thing where they have all strings for their program held in an XML file ...
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Is it good design to put abstract methods in an abstract class even though the methods are already defined in its interface?

Let's say we have an interface Foo with a method "public void someMethod()", and we have one or multiple abstract classes that "implement" Foo but don't necessarily themselves provide an ...
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Why is close() implemented in InputStream/OutputStream?

It make sense to see close() as non-core functionality of stream objects. This is the reason this method is placed in interface Closeable. One evidence is that class ByteArrayInputStream does not ...
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Why isn't software abstract on a grander scale?

Consider the following example: The user wants a program to calculate a few fibonacci numbers. Sounds easy enough. pseudocode: stdout.write("How many fibonacci numbers do you want to calculate? ") ...
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Why 'List<E>' is an 'interface' but not 'abstract class'?

Amidst defining the hierarchy, firstly, one can think to embed the abstract method(behavior) in abstract class only because the derive concrete class possess that behavior as core behavior with it's ...
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Restructuring similar interfaces to one unified design

In my project, I have several types of Web API controllers (and their corresponding services and repositories). When I started out, I made an interface of a generic type that would describe the basic ...
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Why static members can't be abstract and don't implement polymorphism? [duplicate]

I'm a Java/C#/PHP developer, through my OOP programming experience I find myself asking the same question: Why static members can't be abstract and don't implement polymorphism especially in ...
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When should you create/destroy underlying object in a class that wraps it

(note: I used Java to make it easer to explain my question, but the actual language is irrelevant for this dilemma) TL; DR: I have a wrapper around some underlying class. At which point should I ...
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Am I following a good design thought process? Is the Abp framework overkill?

As I finish one project and start another, I have a small time window to come up with an architecture for the new. I am coming from the following design: Web applicationReceives domain models & ...
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Designing Nested List<Class> Property in a Class

I'm currently in the class modeling phase of my project. Real life Scenario: Let's say I have a Project that is composed of Main Components and each Main Component is composed of Sub Components and ...
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Is there a more intelligent way to do this besides a long chain of if statements or switch?

I'm implementing an IRC bot that receives a message and I'm checking that message to determine which functions to call. Is there a more clever way of doing this? It seems like it'd quickly get out of ...
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Designing communications for extensibility

I am working on the design stages of an application that will a) collect data from various sources (in my case that's scientific data from serial ports), keeping track of the age of the data, b) ...
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Why encapsulate container variables? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure how to formulate the title, but there's something that's made little sense to me in OOP I understand the idea of encapsulation, which is to create a layer of protection, and ...
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How to handle errors best addressed in a higher abstraction layer and dependent on state inferred in current layer?

I have a use-case that can be repaired, but the logic for repairing it is best done in a higher level of abstraction. Just throwing exception/failure is ugly because it's hard to pass back up through ...
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Why would Square inheriting from Rectangle be problematic if we override the SetWidth and SetHeight methods?

If a Square is a type of Rectangle, than why can't a Square inherit from a Rectangle? Or why is it a bad design? I have heard people say: If you made Square derive from Rectangle, then a Square ...
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Should I assert in packages? [duplicate]

I have read a few asserts vs exception questions already; I ask specifically about package visible classes though. When you write a package, the classes marked with "public" are exposed to the ...
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Abstraction concept in OOP

I hear that Abstraction is a technique that helps us identify which specific information should be visible, and which information should be hidden. Encapsulation is then the technique for packaging ...