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

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Is “If a method is re-used without changes, put the method in a base class, else create an interface” a good rule-of-thumb?

A colleague of mine came up with a rule-of-thumb for choosing between creating a base class or an interface. He says: Imagine every new method that you are about to implement. For each of them, ...
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Design Patterns - Why the need for interfaces?

OK. I am learning design patterns. Every time I see someone code an example of a design pattern they use interfaces. Here is an example: ...
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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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C programming multiple storage backends

I am starting a side project in C which requires multiple storage backends to be driven by a particular piece of logic. These storage backends would each be linked with the decision of which one to ...
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Is excessive indirection and/or redundant encapsulation a recognized concept? [closed]

I'm curious if there's a series of tendencies or anti-patterns when programming whereby a developer will always locally re-wrap external dependencies when consuming them. A slightly less vague ...
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Inject specific classes or not

I have a TableSqlBuilder interface which has a method getCreateTableSql. This interface is used in some other class as follows: function createTable( $tableDefinition ) { $sql = ...
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Is it good practice to not filter values according to nullability?

Sometimes when I create an API that should enable getting a single value or all values I use the following pattern (passing NULL to the API, means get all rows): @Usernames - comma separeted list of ...
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How do I support interfaces for different devices in the same input scenario?

I asked this question on SO but someone pointed out that I would be better off here. He's most likely right. So here I go! So I just wanted an opinion. I have 2 different ways to approach the ...
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ActiveX, OLE, COM explanation or informative links

I've been programming a lot with C# on Visual Studio and many minor/other languages, but I'm having a really hard time to get the grasp of ActiveX, OLE, COM interfaces. All I got is that they're like ...
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Where should I place my interface?

I have an interface to communicate with a DB (actually it is not a database, but this is to give a concrete example): interface DbInterface{ Result sendQuery(Query q); } And I am trying to ...
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Design of interface for finding one of something or a list

I am developing a telephony call model and thinking about how best to design the interface. One basic idea is that a call has a unique call identifier. I have a list of calls and finding a specific ...
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Generic service control interface

I need an interface to a back-end service, mostly for control commands (stop, status, cancel, reload config). The service might be in Python, Perl, Java, or whatever, and runs continuously. The ...
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Pattern or solution for using classes with different interface the same way

What I would like to achieve is to use classes (now two, later more) with different interface the same way, so I would like avoid using decisions based on the interface on upper levels for instance, I ...
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Why should IQueryProvider implementations throw NotSupportedExceptions?

Searching the web, we can find plentiful examples of various ORMs (nHibernate, EF, LinqToSql, etc.) that implement but don't actually support the full IQueryable<T> interface, throwing ...
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What to name a new interface that is replacing an existing one?

We're redesigning our application's plugin interface, so we're using the Adapter pattern with our proof-of-concept design to show that the new interface will function without committing to using it in ...
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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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Programming to interface in Java [duplicate]

What is the real use of interfaces in Java? What is meant by programming to interfaces? I heard these things several times but I don't know what it is and why it is used.
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Explanation of the definition of interface inheritance as described in GoF book

I am reading the first chapter of the Gof book. Section 1.6 discusses about class vs interface inheritance: Class versus Interface Inheritance It's important to understand the difference between ...
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Can certain expectations of behavior be part of an interface's contract?

Given the following code: public interface IUserDataProvider { ICollection<SomeClass> getSomeClassRecordsForUser(int idUser); } Is it possible to define (via documentation) an ...
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Collection interfaces in C#, coming from Java

In Java, I'm used to declaring collections using the most-abstract interface possible and then constructing them using the concrete implementation that makes sense at the time. It usually looks ...
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C++ class with only pure virtual functions: what's that called?

So i'm looking for some input/consensus on what terminology we should be using to describe something that looks like this: class Printable { public: virtual void printTo(Printer *) = 0; ...
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When to use interfaces (unit testing, IoC?)

I suspect I've made a schoolboy error here, and am looking for clarification. A lot of the classes in my solution (C#) - dare I say the majority - I've ended up writing a corresponding interface for. ...
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Interfaces, Adapters, exposing business objects via WCF design

I know there have been countless discussions about this but I think this question is slightly different and may perhaps prompt a heated discussion (lets keep it friendly). The scene: I am developing ...
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Programming against a protocol in Objective-C

I stumbled accross the SOLID principles. There is one burning question. Should I always use protocols? I never saw someone using them in the way that a Java developer would use them. I tried it in a ...
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How does the concept of a class change when passing data to the constructor instead of method parameters?

Let's say we're making a parser. One implementation could be: public sealed class Parser1 { public string Parse(string text) { ... } } Or we could pass the text to the ...
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How do you distinguish your public API interfaces from the interfaces you use for testing/mocking?

Mocking frameworks are useful for creating mock objects that isolate the code under test from its surrounding software environment. Some mocking frameworks cannot mock non-virtual methods, so they ...
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What did Rich Hickey mean when he said, “All that specificity [of interfaces/classes/types] kills your reuse!”

In Rich Hickey's thought-provoking goto conference keynote "The Value of Values" at 29 minutes he's talking about the overhead of a language like Java and makes a statement like, "All those interfaces ...
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Violating the Interface Segregation Principle?

I currently have an interface named InternalEntityIdTransformer, which has a getInternalId method, that given an external id returns the corresponding internal one. Now I am working on functionality ...
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serving up future-proof kinfolk - extensible contract interfaces [closed]

Ok, I have this human here, but what can it do, how would you discover its special abilities? And when you find out what kind of expert you've got then how would you actually make use of its unique ...
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The need for adding an interface to every class [duplicate]

My coworker and I are arguing very hard about this topic. He's thinking that every single class should have an Interface that the class implements (also Single-Implementations). He uses this design ...
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Coarse grained remote interface vs encapsulating business logic

I'm writing a Web Service that will be consumed by a Mobile client. The Mobile client has to make several chained requirements checks to determine whether the user may initiate a request, and if so ...
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Is there any difference between interfaces and abstract classes that have abstract methods only?

Let's say we have an abstract class and let this class has only abstract methods. Is this abstract class different from an interface that has same methods only? What I am looking to know is if there ...
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How does dependency inversion principle work in languages without interfaces?

In C#/Java, the dependency inversion principle is often demonstrated by high-level classes that depends on an interface/abstraction (that it owns). Low-level classes will implement the interface, thus ...
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Implicit optimization versus explicit optimization

To explain what I mean, let me start with an example. Consider a deque that supports O(logn) concatenation with another deque and O(n) addition of n elements at one end. This dequeimplements a ...
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Term for a Class with Multiple Interfaces

Say I have a class that implements multiple interfaces. I pass the same instance around using a different interface, depending on what the consumer is interested in. I am trying to remember what this ...
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OO Design: hint EntityManager to preload some datasets

say I have an EntityManager that can read(PK) a dataset from the DB and return it. I have an application that will process multiple records, iterate over them and for each, use the EntityManager to ...
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Should I make package private my DAO interfaces?

I have several DAO classes that implement an interface. In the other hand, I have Service classes that use those DAO implementations. So far all the DAO interfaces are public and I was thinking if ...
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What is the functional-programming alternative to an interface?

If I want to program in a "functional" style, with what would I replace an interface? interface IFace { string Name { get; set; } int Id { get; } } class Foo : IFace { ... } Maybe a ...
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Rules about the concreteness of method parameter types, return types and property types

Some time ago I read a kind of "rule of thumb" about the concreteness of method parameter types, return types and property types, but I just do not remember it. It said something about keep your ...
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1 Interface 2 Implementations and an EJB exception

In my JavaEE project I have an interface like this: @Local public interface DataAccess { ... } And two stateless beans implementing it: @Stateless public class DataAccess_Online implements ...
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Class inheritance and extra parameters

Im trying to create an SMS gateway .. I have a request coming in from a client (web form or API or database record) that I need to process and forward on to a 3rd Party API - or SMS provider. So that ...
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Can a common interface be defined for Cartesian and Polar coordinate data?

I'm rewriting a set of file readers that a former-colleague of mine created that read raw-point data of XYZ (Cartesian) coordinates or RTZ (Polar) coordinates. Currently the data is stored directly in ...
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Why aren't there Dimension and Point interfaces?

I mean something along the lines of: public interface Dimensioned { int getWidth(); int getHeight(); } and public interface Positioned { int getX(); int getY(); } There are a ...
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Adding Methods In Addition to an Interface

Let's say I have ThingImpl and IThing. The former is an implementation of the latter, which is an interface. IThing has 1 method: do(arg1) Is it considered a hack/bad practice to add a method in ...
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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 {...} AbstractB implements C {...} I understand that in both cases, ...
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Switch interface implementation using configuration [closed]

We want to allow the same core service to be either fully implemented or, as other option, to be a proxy toward a client legacy system (via a WSDL for example). In that way, we have both ...
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What problems will I face if I remove the concept of interfaces from my code?

I have been programming for many years but I am still not comfortable with the concept of "Interfaces". I try to use interfaces but many times I don't see a mandatory use for it. I think this is ...
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Interface extension

Suppose that I have an input stream interface, which defines a method for reading data. I also have a seekable interface which defines a method for seeking. A natural way of defining a input file is ...
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How to create contracts in python

I am currently learning Python (from Java) and have a question on contracts. Example: an application defines an interface that all plugins must implement and then the main application can call it. ...
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Where are the Interface information stored?

I would like to know whether the information in an interface such as the variables which are final and the methods which are abstract and static would all live in method area ??? And what would be ...