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

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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 if you want a class to have certain variables? Sometimes you want a class to implement a certain ...
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How and when did it happen that, a type is an interface?

I came from a highly functional and procedural background in programming, and never knew that a type is the same as an interface. As in the Design Patterns book by GoF, it says: A type is a name ...
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Implementing an interface when you don't need one of the properties

Pretty straight-forward. I'm implementing an interface, but there's one property that is unnecessary for this class and, in fact, shouldn't be used. My initial idea was to just do something like: int ...
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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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What is the purpose of a wrapper class that does nothing but delegate to the object it wraps?

The specific example I have in mind is javax.servlet.ServletResponseWrapper: public class ServletResponseWrapper implements ServletResponse { private ServletResponse response; /** * The ...
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Declaring interface in the same file as the base class, is it a good practice?

To be interchangable and testable, normally services with logic needs to have interface, e.g. public class FooService: IFooService { ... } Design-wise, I agree with this, but one of the things ...
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When should interface be owned by client?

In Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices, Uncle Bob talks about client owning the service interface. My questions are : Should client always own the interface or only ...
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In C#, what is the benefit of assigning a class variable to an interface variable before calling any methods?

Where I work we develop in C# .NET and I was looking a code that they have made (my job is to optimize it) but I saw something in particular: Assuming that InterfaceDHO is an interface and ClassDHO ...
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Best practice for encapsulating a parameter that requires multiple interfaces to be implemented

I encounter this issue multiple times, but I'm never sure how best to deal with it. Basically, some methods I write require the implementing object to support multiple interfaces. The example I have ...
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How to “program to an interface”

I've read these questions: Understanding "programming to an interface" What is the point of an interface? Does it always make sense to "program to an interface" in Java? I ...
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Communicating to an Object from another without coupling in java?

So I have a Person object, and a GumballMachine object. The behavior I'm searching for is, in the intent to avoid unnecessary coupling, have the method insertCoin() called from within the Person ...
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Composition over inheritance but

I'm trying to teach myself software engineering and coming up against some conflicting information which is confusing me. I've been learning OOP and what abstract classes / Interfaces are and how to ...
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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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Should the main method be separate in a separate class? [closed]

In Java main methods often do little more than parsing the command line arguments and initializing an object that then takes over, for example: public class FooServer { // ... public static ...
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UML: Should an asynchronous request-response message exchange be modelled as two ports/interfaces or one

I want to model an asynchronous request-response message exchange in UML. The request is sent from a client to a server. The server responses asynchronously. This can be modelled in a component ...
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Text based command/interface design

When using inter-process communication (pipes, memory streams, ...), I typically have a byte stream to communicate, also with http (unless using some heavy-weight web framework), the body comes as a ...
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To god (class) or not to god? [duplicate]

I'm working on a project that requires several different users in the system, all of which have overlapping responsibilities; we've isolated two possible ways of tackling this problem, but we're ...
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When designing input interfaces for a library, when to use data class rather than data interface?

Let's say library A, B and C are all custom math libraries. They may or may not use the same data types. The libraries have methods that accept data type inputs like ProcessAsync(DataTypeA) or ...
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Interface Design: Specific vs General parameter (A Minimal design vs anticipated use variation)

Code public interface IVehicle { string VehicleMake { get; } int MonthsSincePurchase { get; } bool IsApprovedUsed { get; } ... } public class WarrantyPopUpHandler { virtual bool ...
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Why can't I return an implementation of an interface for a method that requests the interface? [closed]

I am implementing an interface I on a class A. Class A implements I. I have an Iterator T that is supposed to return an object which implements I everytime I call next. My iterator goes as follows ...
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Is this a pattern? Proxy/delegation of interface to existing concrete implementation

I occasionally write code like this when I want to replace small parts of an existing implementation: public interface IFoo { void Bar(); } public class Foo : IFoo { public void Bar() { ...
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Using own ArrayList in general purpose C libraries, but allowing a different implementation

I've written a couple of libraries since beginning to use C again last year. One thing that still needs addressing in both of these is the correct use of array-based lists - hereafter, ArrayLists. At ...
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What are the justifications for annotations in a programming language? [closed]

After spending a great deal of time writing C# and looking at Java, it seems to me that annotations are just an ugly code smell that introduce another conceptual layer that could easily be replaced by ...
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Coding to an interface vs more generic interfaces

I have a number of classes (and interfaces) which 'code to an interface' interface File { ... } interface FileConverter { public function convert(File $file); //coding to an interface ...
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Reusing an interface or method chaining

I am learning about coding to an interface in OOP programming. I understand you should code to an interface so you can 'swap out' functionality. However, I have a situation where I feel I can reuse ...
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How is an interface used in Dependency Injection?

I'm working on a simple DI library, and on the subject of using services through interfaces, I can't find the usefulness. Perhaps it's because I dont fully or properly understand how an interface ...
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Should I implement an interface directly or have the superclass do it?

Is there a difference between public class A extends AbstractB implements C {...} versus... public class A extends AbstractB {...} abstract class AbstractB implements C {...} I understand that ...
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when using dependency injection, should I always pass an interface

When using depending injection, you generally pass everything around as an interface (perhaps with the exception of primitives and strings). That allows you to easily chance the behavior, without ...
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Is using protected inheritance to hide (but exploit) implemented interface from the public ok?

Recently, we had a discussion about code using protected inheritance in order to hide the fact (to client code) a class inherits from a specific base class but to exploit this fact in the ...
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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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MVC .NET APP Program Structure [closed]

I am just building a MVC .NET application, eventually this will use entity framework and the repository pattern to structure the program. The first release however will only be calling other jobs that ...
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Class design for calling “the same method” on different classes from one place

Let me introduce my situation: I have Java EE application and in one package, I want to have classes which will act primarily as cache for some data from database, for example: class that will hold ...
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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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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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Better application design - where to place interfaces

Where to place interfaces in a typical multi-layered app with DataAccess, BusinessLogic and an Endpoint modules? I propose 2 options In both cases there's only dependency from abstractions, but in ...
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Manual Dependency Injection Examples Still Tightly Coupled

I've been using AutoFac for some time now to take care of the dependency injection we're using in a web project. All is well, but I now want to demonstrate DI outside of an AutoFac context for reasons ...
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How do I use type assertions in Go when returning an interface type?

A struct I'm working on called fieldDefinition holds metadata about a field used by an object in my web app. One of the fields on fieldDefinition (it does get a bit confusing) looks something like ...
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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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Should an application configuration interface be broken into multiple interfaces to reduce feature creep?

My windows service is neatly separated into 5 components - each with their own interface and pulled together by a bootstrapper. One of my requirements is to provide configuration options in my ...
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Should I separate the interface or use single one [closed]

I'm developing a game, I will generate objects. I have create an interface called IObject which has the following properties: String tag // Tag for the object Vector3 position // Where the element is ...
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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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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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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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Correct approach for creating api contract

I am trying to design an API. For creating contracts below are the two approaches: Approach 1: public class MyController { public void MyAction1(Dictionary<string, dynamic> input) { ...
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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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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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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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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 ...