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2answers
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Why prefer non-static inner classes over static ones?

This question is about whether to make an inner class in Java static or not. I searched around here and on StackOverflow, but couldn't really find any questions regarding the design implications of ...
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4answers
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Why define a Java object using interface (e.g. Map) rather than implementation (HashMap)

In most Java code, I see people declare Java objects like this: Map<String, String> hashMap = new HashMap<>(); List<String> list = new ArrayList<>(); instead of: ...
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2answers
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An alternative to having fields that might not be used in a class

I'm writing a card/ board game in Java. Since the game has lots of cards that interact in different ways, my Player class has become sort of bloated with all these different fields used for keeping ...
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3answers
498 views

Have Superclass Contain List of Subclass?

For the GUI of a program, I want it to list several items, all of which are, from a programming side, just subclasses. They can add one of these items to a list. I don't want to hard-code which ...
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2answers
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When to use inheritance or composition/aggregation?

In general, how do I decide whether to use make a class a super class, or to make it a private data member of another class? For example, given two classes, how does one decide whether to do this: ...
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2answers
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When to store values in constants/finals

This might seem like an odd question, but I'm worried that I'm putting too many things as constants/finals at the top of my java class. I've started to put every value that is in my program into a ...
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1answer
197 views

Designing a list class with filtering and sorting

The app I'm developing needs to display lists of items. Simple enough, but there are a number of things which can change based on user input: Items can be added to/removed from the list. The items ...
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9answers
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Isn't class scope purely for organization? [duplicate]

Isn't scope just a way to organize classes, preventing outside code from accessing certain things you don't want accessed? More specifically, is there any functional gain to having public, protected, ...
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6answers
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How to properly design classes for a big project?

If we need to represent classes in a class diagram for a big project that is not completely designed yet, and the classes have to be actual tables in a database, how would we predict and design the ...
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3answers
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What class structure allows for a base class and mix/match of subclasses? (Similar to Users w/ roles)

I have a set of base characteristics, and then a number of sub-types. Each instance must be one of the sub-types, but can be multiple sub-types at once. The sub-types of each thing can change. In ...
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6answers
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Prefer class members or passing arguments between internal methods?

Suppose within the private portion of a class there is a value which is utilized by multiple private methods. Do people prefer having this defined as a member variable for the class or passing it as ...