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Is there a standard, formal name for an object or class that behaves as if it is a given object?

I have an app in Django that expects to get a record with the fields email, first_name, and last_name. However, sometimes I want to be able to send it something that isn't actually a record but ...
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C++ XML Parsing: Suggestions on Approach for Parsing and Storing data

I am looking into developing a C++ application to parse xml (using the rapidxml framework), and I would like some advice on how to approach this. The file I want to parse is a XML game file that ...
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Learning in the Classroom

I am currently taking an Assembly programming class, and I honestly find it extremely boring and tedious. While I've programmed some assembly before as part of a C++ program, I find what we are doing ...
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Why and when should I make a class 'static'? What is the purpose of 'static' keyword on classes?

The static keyword on a member in many languages mean that you shouldn't create an instance of that class to be able to have access to that member. However, I don't see any justification to make an ...
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Is it called class or object instance?

I have a wording / precision question. Sometimes I write "object instance" sometimes "class instance". Isn't it that an object is always an instance of a class? Therefore "object instance" is not the ...
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Want to know performance issues of Class types & access modifiers

Someone suggested me to mark classes as SEALED that are not being inherited anywhere. I was using default style and was not concerned with the type of class. At present I don't have a benchmark tool ...
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Name for this pattern?

I'm writing a class that will handle thread synchronisation. It would have a begin method which would increment a counter and an end method that would de-increment a counter. It'll have another ...
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When do you use a struct instead of a class?

What are your rules of thumb for when to use structs vs. classes? I'm thinking of the C# definition of those terms but if your language has similar concepts I'd like to hear your opinion as well. I ...
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Smart Pointers inside class vs Normal Pointers with Destructor

Regarding pointers which are members of classes. Should they be of a smart pointer type or is it enough to simply deal with them in the destructor of the class they are contained in?
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Should I use a Class or Dictionary to Store Form Values

I am working on a C# .NET Application, where I have a Form with lots of controls. I need to perform computations depending on the values of the controls. Therefore, I need to pass the Form values to a ...
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Nested Classes: A useful tool or an encapsulation violation?

So I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should be using these or not. I feel its an extreme violation of encapsulation, however I find that I am able to achieve some degree of encapsulation ...