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

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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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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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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 ...
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Illegal in PHP: Is there an OOP design reason?

The below interface inheritance is illegal in PHP, but I think it would be fairly useful in real life. Is there an actual antipattern or documented problem with the below design, that PHP is ...
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Code re-use in C++, via multiple inheritance or composition? Or…?

I originally asked this question on StackOverflow, but I was directed here, and I think my problem is perhaps as much conceptual as technical, so here goes. If you’re defining a hierarchy of abstract ...
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Programming against interfaces in Java

Supposing I have an interface Foo and a given implementation FooImpl. public class FooImpl implements Foo If I want to define a new operation on this class that depends on the particular ...
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Why does C# allow properties in interfaces?

In C#, the following code is valid interface I{ int property{get;set;} } Which doesn't make any sense to me. This seems to break one of the most important principles of interfaces: lack of ...
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Naming interfaces for persistent values

I have 2 distinct types of persistent values that I'm having trouble naming well. They're defined with the following Java-esque structure, borrowing Guava's Optional for the example and using generic ...
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Restructuring similar interfaces to one unified design

In my project, I have several types of Web API controllers (and their corresponding services and repositories). When I started out, I made an interface of a generic type that would describe the basic ...
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Is it permissible to use explicit interface implementation to hide members in C#?

I understand how to work with interfaces and explicit interface implementation in C#, but I was wondering if it's considered bad form to hide away certain members that would not be used frequently. ...
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Implements > extends, but what about variables?

It's preferable to write programs that depend on interfaces rather than on superclasses, but what when you want a class to have certain variables? Sometimes you want a class to implement a certain ...
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Are abstract classes / methods obsolete?

I used to create a lot of abstract classes / methods. Then I started using interfaces. Now I am not sure if interfaces aren't making abstract classes obsolete. You need a fully abstract class? ...
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Android, using a Fragment to hold/edit complex object, accesible from any Activity

I'll do my best to describe the problem, but I'm still very new to several concepts that I think this problem requires to be solved (namely interfaces and threads). I should preface this by saying ...
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when would you wrap a service object with an interface? [duplicate]

I'm new to UT and some of the best practices and anti-patterns when writing testable code, made me think. I used to wrap any service object with interface. but I see many mocking frameworks can ...
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Trying to get a better understanding of Interfaces

Im working on a small program and I thought i would use it as a chance to get a better understanding of things I haven't really used before, mainly Interfaces and Inheritance from base classes. ...
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Handling interface segregation in C++

I'm designing a "view" handling system for a game. The goal is to be able to have different "views" that can be shown in sequence or stacked on-top of each other. For example, the initial splash ...
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Should I denote that a method satisfies an interface?

When writing a class which has ("satisfies") 1 or more interfaces, should I note somehow (e.g. in an XML comment, or with an attribute) that a particular method was added for one of the interfaces? ...
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How to organise and label methods, intended for debug?

I have a class System, which uses a bunch of other classes, to achieve a complex signal processing. In debugging System, one needs to observe the output signal for patterns. This is not achievable by ...
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Does it make sense to split up an existing multi-method interface into several single method interfaces just to take advantage of lambdas?

Say I have an existing callback interface that has multiple methods. To illustrate my point I use a callback the likes that you would see in code that performs some HTTP client operations: public ...
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Why were default and static methods added to interfaces in Java 8 when we already had abstract classes?

In Java 8, interfaces can contain implemented methods, static methods, and the so-called "default" methods (which the implementing classes do not need to override). In my (probably naive) view, there ...
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Are there alternatives to using an optional type in a multithreaded environment?

I'm making an MPMC queue in C++, and I would like to find out what the best interface for a try_dequeue method would be (I'm not concerned about its implementation). I'd like to provide a method which ...
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Possible design patterns for base function with possible additions

I have various interfaces i have to implement. Let's assume ITypeA, ITypeB. They have following methods: ITypeA Connect Disconnect GetData SetData ClearData ITypeB Connect Disconnect ...