Questions about interface related design considerations, such as programming to the interface.

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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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Do I need to use an interface when only one class will ever implement it?

Isn't the whole point of an interface to for multiple classes to adhere to a set of rules and implementations?
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Design: Lisp (or other scripting language) as an interactive interface for C++?

I'm working on a medium size C++ project (will probably end up around 50k lines) and I have to provide an interactive terminal interface. The program produces scientific data as an output and 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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Could changing the return type from void to string introduce breaking changes?

This SDK have an interface like this: public interface Contract { void update(..); void action(..); void delete(..); } Now, we need to change it to something like this: public ...
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Design strategy for wrapping exceptions

I'm implementing a type of Repository for a framework/library that has (roughly) the following: public interface FooRepository { boolean contains(String id); Foo fetch(String id); void ...
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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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Inefficient use of interfaces in OOP (C#)

In my code, I've got two interfaces, let's say IOpenable and IExaminable. IOpenable allows the user to Open or Close the object, and IExaminable allows the user to Examine the object. Now, we have ...
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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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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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Model-View-Presenter implementation thoughts

I'm trying to get a good grasp of how to implement good decoupling between a UI and the model, but I'm having trouble figuring out exactly where to divide the lines. I've been looking at ...
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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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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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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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Implementing a Dynamic Network Message Dispatcher/Handler

I have a current requirement of an application to handle messages of different types, subtypes, and possibly more subtypes, as deep as needed. These messages come off the network and should be shared ...
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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 ...
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Difference between spring setter and interface injection?

I know how constructor and setter injection works in spring. Normally I use interfaces instead of classes to inject beans using setter and I consider it as interface injection, but in case of ...
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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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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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Static methods vs Interface implementation

Here is my problem: I stared to create an e-commerce web site info collector. So I created a parser for each site. The parser class is stateless. I have got methods like: getItemPrice(WebElement ...
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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, ...
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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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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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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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Repeating Interface inheritance declarations

Take the following example: public interface ISerialRVD { RouteValueDictionary ToRVD(); } public interface IViewModel : ISerialRVD // Here? { Int32 Page { get; set; } String Action { ...
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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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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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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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Addicted to Interfaces - Good or bad? [duplicate]

After 2 years of programming, I usually found myself using the following design pattern: public interface ISomeInterface { void SomeMethod(); void OtherMethod(); } public abstract class ...
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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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How to force “program to an interface” without using a java Interface in java 1.6

In java 1.8 they have wonderful new "default interface methods". In 1.6 how close can we come? The goal: use code to keep clients from being able to tell that a class is not a java interface. If we ...
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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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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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Interfaces on an abstract class

My coworker and I have different opinions on the relationship between base classes and interfaces. I'm of the belief that a class should not implement an interface unless that class can be used when ...
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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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Is using Interface implemented by single class a not recommended practice? [duplicate]

I have several classes in C#, not just POCO class but with methods and implementations. Each of those classes implement one Interface. e.g. IPerson implemented by Person class. Employee implements ...
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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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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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“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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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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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 ...