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

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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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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 achieved....
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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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When to use abstract classes instead of interfaces with extension methods in C#?

"Abstract class" and "interface" are similar concepts, with interface being the more abstract of the two. One differentiating factor is that abstract classes provide method implementations for derived ...
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What other reasons are there to write interfaces rather than abstract classes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to use abstract classes instead of interfaces and extension methods in C#? When I read and looked at codes using Abstract classes, I was able to justify it because it ...
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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 it'...
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What is the point of having every service class have an interface? [duplicate]

At the company I work at, every service class has a corresponding interface. Is this necessarily? Most of these interfaces are only used by a single class and we are not creating any sort of public ...
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What are the differences between abstract classes, interfaces, and when to use them

Recently I have started to wrap my head around OOP, and I am now to the point where the more I read about the differences between abstract classes and interfaces the more confused I become. So far, ...
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How do you find your way in deeply nested, interfacey code? [duplicate]

I know most people hate flat and long functions, and hate when code is not full of ISomethings. The problem is that I guess my mind works in different way, and I always have problems with that type ...
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What is the point of an interface? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to use abstract classes instead of interfaces and extension methods in C#? What other reasons are there to write interfaces rather than abstract classes? This ...
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Interface and Inheritance: Best of both worlds?

I 'discovered' interfaces and I started to love them. The beauty of an interface is that it is a contract, and any object that fulfills that contract can be used wherever that interface is required. ...
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Passing compound object for parameters

I have different data modules, which take a couple of parameters from a configuration list. Do you think it's ok to pass a configuration object as a whole module1(config) and let the module pick what ...
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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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Why use an interface when the class can directly implement the functions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are interfaces useful? Like most faculty, my java faculty introduced interface without explaining or even mentioning its practical use. Now I imagine interfaces have a ...
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Default vs Impl when implementing interfaces in Java

After reading Should package names be singular or plural? it occurred to me that I've never seen a proper debate covering one of my pet peeves: naming implementations of interfaces. Let's assume ...
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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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Why 'List<E>' is an 'interface' but not 'abstract class'?

Amidst defining the hierarchy, firstly, one can think to embed the abstract method(behavior) in abstract class only because the derive concrete class possess that behavior as core behavior with it's ...
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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 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 fluent-...
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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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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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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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Why is .compareTo() in an interface while .equals() is in a class in Java?

I want to know why the .compareTo() is in the Comparable interface while a method like .equals is in the Object class. To me, it seems arbitrary why a method like .compareTo() is not in the Object ...
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Better to have 2 methods with clear meaning, or just 1 dual use method?

To simplify the interface, is it better to just not have the getBalance() method? Passing 0 to the charge(float c); will give the same result: public class Client { private float bal; float ...
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Difference between various Collection Generic Interfaces in C#

I have been playing around with C# for Windows and ASP.net MVC development for some time now. But I am still unclear on a few areas. I am trying to understand the basic difference between and ...
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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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Design Methodology for Developing Interoperable Systems?

A bit of background The company I work for has been creating database applications since around 1980 and, until relatively recently, most of these systems have been stand-alone "silo" systems. ...
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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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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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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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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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Does it always make sense to “program to an interface” in Java?

I've seen the discussion at this question regarding how a class that implements from an interface would be instantiated. In my case, I'm writing a very small program in Java that uses an instance of ...
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Checking preconditions or not

I've been wanting to find a solid answer to the question of whether or not to have runtime checks to validate input for the purposes of ensuring a client has stuck to their end of the agreement in ...
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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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“One of some”-type

Say that you have some different classes that does not really have any functionality in common, but somewhere in your program, you need one of them (which one is not necessarily important) because ...
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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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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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Should I use an interface when methods are only similar?

I was posed with the idea of creating an object that checks if a point will collide with a line: public class PointAndLineSegmentCollisionDetector { public void Collides(Point p, LineSegment s) { ...
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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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Why List<E> interface is additionally introduced in collection hierarchy? [duplicate]

Below is the diagram, where, if we just consider the implementations of List, AbstractList maintains the core behavior of list. To introduce the new implementation class MyList(say) one can ...
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Is it bad practice to use an interface for categorization only?

For example: Say I have classes A, B, C. I have two interfaces, lets call them IAnimal and IDog. IDog inherits from IAnimal. A and B are IDogs, while C is not, but it is an IAnimal. The important ...
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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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How to Model a simple file-system by UML class diagram

I want to model a file system which contains both files and directories, and directories can contain either files or other directories. This is what I have reached so far: In OOSE book, however, a ...
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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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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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Repeating Interface inheritance declarations

Take the following example: public interface ISerialRVD { RouteValueDictionary ToRVD(); } public interface IViewModel : ISerialRVD // Here? { Int32 Page { get; set; } String Action { get;...
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Interfaces: profit of using

First of all, my ubiquitous language is PHP, and I'm thinking about learning Java. So let me split my question on two closely related parts. Here goes the first part. Say I have a domain-model ...
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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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Expressing interface inheritance in natural language [duplicate]

In object-oriented programming, when you extend a class you establish an is-a relationship between a new subtype and its parent(s), i.e. B is an A (aka code inheritance). When you compose a class with ...
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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 ...