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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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what is the main utility of Interface in real world programming (OOPS) [duplicate]

what is the main utility of Interface. we know that we can implement dynamic behavior using interface but i guess it is not only the utility. so i like to know when we have to write interface and when ...
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delivering ebook throught mobile app [closed]

I have designed the interface of a mag app which would deliver digitized magazine in the size of A3 paper to the mobile phone. My choice of fileformat is jpg of each of the pages, but is there any ...
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Use Objective-C protocols like Java interfaces [duplicate]

I'm a Java developer moving to Objective-C. So far in Objective-C I've seen protocols used extensively to implement the delegate pattern, but I haven't seen then to add a layer of abstraction in the ...
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Refactoring - Utility classes behavior under a common interface

I was suggested to put my question here, so I'm doing so ;) I need a common interface which represents some specific behavior: public interface Contract(){ public void methodA(); public void ...
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Interface Segregation Principle - type hinting multiple interfaces

The question is about typehinting of the role interfaces. The code example has two DataMappers which typehint the interface they need in the constructor, FooDataMapper type hints the Preparable ...
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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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The real difference between web and native apps in mobile and smart devices [closed]

I still don't understand the difference between a native app and web or hybrid apps from the interface point of view. Now, apps such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. Are they native? or web? or hybrid apps? ...
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Using partially implemented interfaces

Consider the following hierarchy in C++ notation: class A { public: virtual void doStuff()=0; virtual void doOtherStuff()=0; }; class B:public A { public: ...
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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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Loose coupling and shuffling dependencies

I have a bunch of classes that look something like this: public class MyGame() { private Graphics graphics; private Player player; public MyGame() { graphics = new ...
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Programming beginner: Options for small program interfaces? [closed]

I have been a Rails developer for a year now, and I really want to start diving in to Ruby and pure programming without using a framework. However I am having trouble conceptualizing little programs I ...
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What is the name of the following (anti) pattern? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

Over the last few months, I stumbled a few times over the following technique / pattern. However, I can't seem to find a specific name, nor am I a 100% sure about all its advantages and disadvantages. ...
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Should I write an interface API before an implementation?

I've been delving into more "organized" programming recently and I've been learning that I should be programming to an interface, not an implementation. With that in mind, would it be better to ...
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Study on designing user prompts (choice of wording, response format, etc.)

Sometimes there are different ways to ask a user the same question. For example, if the user tries to exit a program without saving their file, you can ask either of these questions: Are you sure ...
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Interface Dependencies or Abstract Classes

I have a decision to make and I am wondering what would be the better solution. I am refactoring an older application and intend to really get into the nuts and bolts of it. There are 8 report types ...
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Interface at the class or function level?

I have been falling into a pattern lately where I have been defining routines that rely on an interface defined by a function that is specified as a parameter to the routine. (The language is C#, but ...
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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 ...