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

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Make Return Type an Interface - Problem with Initialization

I would like to make the return type of my method an interface rather than a class for similar reasons stated in c# List or IList, however I am having trouble figuring out how to initialize the ...
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Why should I prefer composition over inheritance?

I always read that composition is to be preferred over inheritance. A blog post on unlike minds, for example, advocates using composition over inheritance, but I can't see how polymorphism is ...
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Should I put extension methods of an interface in the interface.cs file?

Imagine this set up: public interface IMass{ double Mass {get;} } public static class IMassExtension { public static double ToKg(this IMass massObject) { return massObject.Mass / ...
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How modularized should my interfaces be?

I stumbled upon a specific instance where it seems that modularity and simplicity are at conflict with each other. Usually that's not the case, so I was really unsure how to resolve it. Suppose I ...
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“Immutable” interfaces

I am confused about the notion of immutability. Consider the following structure of a simplistic calculator: Here are the interfaces: interface IOperationalInterface { int Sum(int a, int b); } ...
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Domain-specific Interfaces

Are there any real benefits of using interfaces over abstract classes in a domain model? Does anyone have any experience using interfaces in a domain model in a real project? From a technical ...
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Does it make sense to break fluid interface if a bad argument is passed?

If I chain some setters together and one of them does not return $this, then I will get a fatal error. But maybe that is a good thing. $object = new object(); ...
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Should an abstract class always abstract its methods to an interface?

I had learned sometime ago that abstract classes should always abstract their functions to an interface. So instead of having something like this - abstract class a{ public int i; public int ...
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Why not apply Interface Segregation Principle to “extreme”

Providing that clients would typically consume just one method, though methods would be conceptually related, why not always apply the Interface Segregation Principle to the extreme and have [many] ...
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How to hide AOP implementation dependency without breaking encapsulation?

I have the concept of a SlowLoading thing: public interface SlowLoading { boolean hasLoaded(); } I also have a component MyComponent: public interface myComponent{ void doSomething(); } My ...
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Programming for future use of interfaces

I have a colleague sitting next to me who designed an interface like this: public interface IEventGetter { public List<FooType> getFooList(String fooName, Date start, Date end) ...
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Does it make sense to use interfaces if you don't have polymorphism?

Suppose I have distinct classes that have the same behavior, which can be represented like this: public interface Behavior { void operationA(); } public class ImplementerA implements Behavior { ...
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How specific should be an interface about its implementation details?

Perhaps I should have picked a better title, but anyway... Basically what to do with two or more implementations that have the same public interface, but they are meant for slightly different ...
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The inheritance argument of zope.interface (providedby vs isinstance)

What limitations does inheritance of an interface through an abstract base class present that are addressed by zope.interface? In the following talk given in 2010 by Jeff Rush about interfaces, at ...
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Split up large interfaces

I'm using a large interface with about 50 methods to access a database. The interface has been written by a colleague of mine. We discussed this: Me: 50 methods is too much. It's a code smell. ...
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Why do APIs generally consist of interfaces? [duplicate]

I am starting out in Java API design and in reading existing code bases, I have found that most APIs consist of interfaces only with their implementations bundled in a different package. Having read ...
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Why are interfaces useful?

I have been studying and coding in C# for some time now. But still, I can't figure the usefulness of Interfaces. They bring too little to the table. Other than providing the signatures of function, ...
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Go-like interfaces + multi-methods make sense?

Thinking about the design of a potential new language, I wonder how related are the concepts of built a OO similar to GO interfaces and multi-methods (I get this from ...
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Combinatorial explosion of interfaces: How many is too many?

I'm a relative newcomer to OOP, and I'm having a bit of trouble creating good designs when it comes to interfaces. Consider a class A with N public methods. There are a number of other classes, B, C, ...
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Creating an Interface To a Language's Standard Library?

In the process of learning test-driven development, I've been introduced to dependency injection and the use of interfaces, and have started using these concepts in my own PHP code in order to make it ...
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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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Java best practice Interface - subclasses and constants

In the case where a couple of classes implements an interface, and those classes have a couple of constants in common (but no functions), were should I put this constant ? I've had this problem a ...
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What are good reasons to use explicit interface implementation for the sole purpose of hiding members?

During one of my studies into the intricacies of C#, I came across an interesting passage concerning explicit interface implementation. While this syntax is quite helpful when you need to resolve ...
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Design for an interface implementation that provides additional functionality

There is a design problem that I came upon while implementing an interface: Let's say there is a Device interface that promises to provide functionalities PerformA() and GetB(). This interface will ...
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UML Class Diagram: Abstract or Interface?

I am modeling a class diagram and have spotted an opportunity to simplify it slightly. What I want to know is, would this it be better to implement an abstract class or an interface? The scenario is ...
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Should interface only be used for behavior and not to show logical data grouped together? [duplicate]

Should an interface only be used to specify certain behavior? Would it be wrong to use interface to group logically related data? To me it looks like we should not use interface to group logically ...
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Which methods should be put in an interface and which in abstract classes?

I have seen many frameworks and modules and their standard they follow is like this UserInterface which have some predefined methods AbstractUserClass which implements userInterface Then ...
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c# naming - What are common conventions for a suffix to distinguish between read-only and writable interfaces [closed]

Assume an interface that allows queries on a spatial tree public ISpatialTree { int FindChildIndex(Vector point); bool IsLeaf { get; } ICollection<ISpatialTree> Children { get; } } ...
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Is using interfaces on internal code a good idea? [duplicate]

I'm working on a set of automated tests that we use internally at work. Lately, we've been designing classes that implement interfaces in addition to inheritance. As I understand it, interfaces in ...
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Segregating interfaces/concerns to a tree

When working with a single object there are a number of ways to segregate interfaces to it. Breaking it into smaller components that can be treated independently. Breaking it into simpler ...
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How to enforce implementation of interface to behave a certain way

Suppose you had the following interface public interface IUserRepository { User GetByID(int userID); } How would you enforce implementers of this interface to throw an exception if a user is ...
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Interface method signature not restrictive enough

I wrote a piece of code at my job sometime ago. While writting the code I wrote few interfaces who would allow me to add more flexibility and at that time I was also trying to understand OOP concept ...
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Why are interfaces more helpful than superclasses in achieving loose coupling?

(For the purpose of this question, when I say 'interface' I mean the language construct interface, and not an 'interface' in the other sense of the word, i.e. the public methods a class offers the ...
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Different scoring algorithms for different competition elements

I am creating a scoring system for a competition that is somewhat obscure, but it resembles the Olympics in terms of its high-level structure. Therefore, I will ask my question in terms of an ...
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How to manage memory in C interface for C++ implementation considering c++11?

I have a library implemented in C++ which has a C interface. This C interface is, for all intents and purposes, the only way to use this library. C++11 seems to discourage the use of raw pointers but ...
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Should I use inheritance or an interface?

So in a nutshell I have an abstract class : public abstract class Member { public string PCode { get; set; } public string Reference { get; set; } public DateTime? ElectedDate { get; set; } } And ...
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Empty superclass for Collection of derived classes

Basically, what I would like to obtain is a way to iterate through ONE list, and call methods specific to the interface the objects in the collection implement. In my Java project, it would result in ...
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Should interface names begin with an “I” prefix?

I have been reading "Clean Code" by Robert Martin to hopefully, become a better programmer. While none of it so far has been really ground breaking it has made me think differently about the way I ...
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Using interfaces as part of encapsulation

I'm creating interfaces for a number of our existing classes for mocking reasons. Many of these classes also have package scope methods as an attempt to give some level of encapsulation by ensuring ...
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When is it suitable to use inheritance [duplicate]

I recently had a small "argument" about inheritance with a friend. I think people overuse it a lot. Intuition tells me that that the only good reason for class inheritance is polymorphism - when there ...
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Necessity of Interfaces for Small Projects

Is it necessary to use interfaces for small projects? I work at a shop writing small custom applications for clients, primarily data manipulation. I'm mostly self-taught but also took some programming ...
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Why are inheritance and interfaces restricted to instance members?

Disclaimer: I think the rules are almost the same in most OO languages, but since I'm most familiar with C# I'll be relating to this specific language. I think that the use of attributes and ...
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Is declaring STL variables in a class definition too revealing?

If you are trying to hide implementation, would declaring STL variables be too revealing? // in Word_Bucket.h class Word_Bucket { private: std::vector<std::string> contents; ...etc } ...
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How to use namespaces to separate interface from implementation, in c++?

As far as I can tell, you can make your interface known to others by providing your .h file. Your .cpp is the implementation. Then they can see the function names, the parameter types, the return ...
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Implementing the Interface Segregation Principle

Does this IConvertible interface satisfy the Interface Segregation Principle (ie. the "I" in SOLID)? Here is the definition: public interface IConvertible { TypeCode GetTypeCode(); bool ...
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Is better Show() + Hide() or SetVisible(bool visible)?

What is better and why? (From interface-design point of view) : a) To have two Show() and Hide() functions b) To have one SetVisible(bool visible) function EDIT: For example some object have ...
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Inverse of Extract Interface refactoring

I'm working with a Java project that has several interfaces, many of which have only one implementation. (See related question) For a given revision of the software, one could think this acceptable ...
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What should I do with too much interfaces needed for a dialog

Let me start by doing a small summary of the changes we did in our code in the last year. We have a software (VERY big) that is used to visualize multiples underground networks, enter data in the ...
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Understanding “programming to an interface”

I have come across the term "programming to an interface instead of an implementation" a lot, and I think I kind of understand what it means. But I want to make sure I understand it's benefits and ...
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Regarding interfaces of classes in OOP

When one says "a class' interface": Does he/she refer to all of the get and set methods - or do they refer only to the methods' signatures and return types, without the inner implementation of these ...