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

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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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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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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 ...
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Sometimes, “programming to interfaces” introduces possible (and avoidable) runtime exceptions?

Please consider the com.google.common.collect.ImmutableMap Programming to its interface, Map , creates a bug that could blow-up in the runtime as such: Map<String, Integer> myMap = ...
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Do enums create brittle interfaces?

Consider the example below. Any change to the ColorChoice enum affects all IWindowColor subclasses. Do enums tend to cause brittle interfaces? Is there something better than an enum to allow for ...
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How do you maintain protocol of function return value in dynamic language?

In dynamic programming language like Python, Javascript, it's very easy to make a function return an object: def make_vector2(a, b): return {"x": a, "y": b} The 'signature' of the returned ...
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Is Dependency Inversion a valid alternative to the pImpl idiom?

If I want to present to the user of my code an interface, that is unlikely to change, I can write only the public part of the classes in public headers and have a single private pointer to another ...
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Should I extend an interface or keep it independent?

I'm trying to decide whether to extend a base interface with additional methods or create several independent interfaces. I have a Task interface that looks like this interface Task { public ...
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Delegating work and programming to component interfaces

I have a MessageHandler class which receives and validates messages before determining which components in the architecture they should be delegated to so they can be processed. This involves calling ...
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Is using interfaces for datatypes an anti-pattern?

Suppose I have a various entities in my model (using EF), say User, Product, Invoice and Order. I am writing a user control that can can print the summaries of entity objects in my application where ...
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When to use a SortedMap interface?

The rule in programming is to use the most general interface possible. But the difference between Map and SortedMap is more subtle. They compile to the same bytecode [I think] No additional safety ...
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Implement multiple separate interfaces or interface hierarchy

I've been refactoring one of my projects recently and ran into a decision I have to make. I have several interfaces: Entity: Something in the game world Actor: An Entity that can perform actions ...
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Are single method interface and function type definition the same?

In a language where it is possible to define interfaces and typedefs (using Dart here): abstract class Receiver { void receive(int quantity); } typedef void Receive(int quantity); abstract class ...
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Interface design - Parameter choice

Situation: Is it better to have one or few parameters that supply more than enough information for the intended process or should you have more specific parameters that provide just enough ...
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do my “dal” and “fileHandler” interfaces overlap?

I want my program to: 1) read some input lines from csv file 2) write the output lines to plain string file 3) read some input from the same file in (2) and compare it to some calculated data. I ...
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Traits, Inheritance and Interfaces in Groovy, when to use them?

I'm learning groovy and I've just learned about the new feature added in 2.3, which is the addition of Traits. Now to me it seems like Traits allow you to do basically everything a super-class and an ...
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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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How far to go when future proofing fluent-method-chained-DSL test code?

Is it worth implementing interfaces, or using the getThis() trick, or even static factory methods to future proof against the need to extend this DSL? The current design is a pair of thin ...
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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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Documentation of interfaces

I know how to document a function: /** * Prints a greet message to the web page */ function greet() { echo "Hi!"; } Or describe the usage of a variable: /** * @type string $name The user's ...
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How should nodes in a chain be connected?

Suppose you were building a system that receives data on one end and sends filtered data on the other end. The system is a chain of nodes, each receiving data from the node before and sending ...
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Interface or boolean?

I have a CustomObject class which has the abilities like being Clickable, KeyPressable and Movable. I created interfaces: IClickable, IKeyPressable and IMovable and make different CustomObject classes ...
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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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Cleanest choice for symmetric operations

I have a need to do some processing from a format A to a format B and from B to A. The job in one direction is very similar to its counterpart. Both formats are represented with an interface Msg. In ...
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Should a front-end developer ever specify JSON format for back-end developers?

I am taking the front-end role in a project. Should I be specifying for my back-end teammates the exact format of JSON that their PHP returns to my JavaScript? For example, should I be telling them ...
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How does one enforce the implementation of a static method? [duplicate]

Of course the answer to the question above is, "you can't". But I didn't have a better way of describing what I'm looking for. If I did, I wouldn't be asking this question. My problem stems from a C# ...
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Adding new Interface & Replacing Method with Interface Type

Let's say that I have 2 classes: Foo and Bar. `Foo` { List<Bar> bars String bippy() int boop() } `Bar` { int biz() String baz() } Observe that Foo's fields include a List<Bar>. ...
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Why use arg type `class Object` instead of `Comparable[]`?

In the code below, I believe it would look more appropriate to make the method argument be of type Comparable[] instead of Object[]. The first reason it would be more appropriate is that one can be ...
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Develop GUI and logic in a team the right way? [closed]

I am planning to start a small project with a friend. I will be developing the GUI using JavaFX in the MVC pattern and he will be responsible for the model/logic. My question is: how can we achieve a ...
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Interfaces between multiple projects

I'm slightly confused over the following: ProjectA -------- GetUsers (Implements IDBConnector) -------- IGetUsers -------- UserModel ProjectB -------- Main I have two projects one main project ...
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Interface hierarchy design for separate domains

There are businesses and people. People could be liked and businesses could be commented on: class Like class Comment class Person implements iLikeTarget class Business implements iCommentTarget ...
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Do the implementations of the Node interface in Web API violate Liskov Substitution Principle?

MDN article on Node interface states that interfaces [that inherit from Node interface] may return null in particular cases where the methods and properties are not relevant. They may throw an ...
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Can a Java interface declaration enforce parameter properties?

As far as I know, declaring an interface is like so: public interface Roots_Squares { public double square_root( double value ); } Now... how do you enforce value to have non-negative values? ...
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Async properties in interfaces to cater for the possibility of expensive first-time evaluation: Is this a good idea?

First of all, sorry if this post is too long. I'll start with the… Short version: Is it generally advisable or a good idea to design an interface property as asynchronous simply because we cannot be ...
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Determining a class structure

I'm currently in the early stages of designing an e-commerce application. I'm working out some designs for my classes which have so far been fairly straightforward, but I've run into something of a ...
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Use cases for “private” interfaces?

I was wondering if there was a valid use case for being able to properly define the specific internal properties and functions of a class in a way similar to how an interface defines the public ...