Object-oriented design is the process of planning a system of interacting objects for the purpose of solving a software problem.

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Should an object load itself?

although I'm programming in C++ for some time now, I'm always faced with design decisions (probably due to the language's flexibility). One such problem is deciding if a method should be part of the ...
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Too many parameters to data processing class constructor

I have a conceptually simple application: data comes in as small encrypted packets, they decrypted and validated, some are stored in the database, some rules are applied, and a reply might be ...
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Need to refactor file downloader and post processing utility [duplicate]

Not sure whether this is the right forum to ask this but here goes. Using this solution - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26571351/replacing-if-else-logic-with-state-strategy-pattern I was able to ...
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try/catch open/closed principle violation

I have three or more different custom exceptions that a class can throw and I need to use try/catch in order to discover which exception was thrown. In my point of view this piece of code violates ...
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OO Design Question - Library/Objects for API which includes id references

Public api: getClients / getClientById - returns a json object like: { clientid: 1, name: "Client1" } getProjects / getProjectById - returns a json object like { projectid: 5, name: ...
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Status updates design review [migrated]

I need help identifying any significant design issues with some code I have generated to track status updates. I have a big task A which contains multiple small tasks and each of these small tasks ...
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Why 'List<E>' is an 'interface' but not 'abstract class'?

While defining the hierarchy, one can think to embed the abstract method(behaviour) in abstract class only because the derive concrete class posses that as core behaviour with it's specific ...
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Program Architecture: How to manage objects that are interdependent

Consider the following case, image I making a simple chat program; I want it to be extensible such that it would be fair easy to add add different scripting and user interfaces. I want the core ...
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OOP: relying on protected properties in a class-subclass contract

I'm coding in Python, but the question seems independent of programming language. I have a class that represents some system check: class Check: @abstractmethod def run() """ You have to ...
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Autoreleasing objects in Reference Counting Systems

I'm experimenting a bit in C and I'm trying to implement my own Reference Counting System. I've mainly worked with Objective-C in the past but AFAIK autoreleasing objects is something that is unique ...
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DDD: Global unique identities vs surrogate

Let's start with an example: we have an entity: Book. It has unique identity: Isbn - a value object that wraps a String. This is an UUID. The Book entity also needs a surrogate id from the repo (sql ...
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DDD: storing additional data with the model

Our domain is operated within certain context. This context is described by some additional values, like a fooId - id that does not have a meaning in domain business, but it's more a flavor for the ...
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DDD: Alternative view of the Model?

I have a model class, let's say it's a Book. I need it to be displayed on the screen. I want to have an escaped version of it, so I do not need to escape fields manually. What should I do? I can ...
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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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Model object and additional attributes

I have a model e.g. Book. Besides 'natural' attributes of a book, I have some mandatory IDs I need to carry on, like companyId, groupId. They are related to which organization unit this book belongs ...
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How to store a potentially large amount of optional properties of objects?

I'm using Entity Framework Code First with ASP.NET MVC. This handles my database design based on the domain models within my application. As it stands, the engine I'm writing will have a website ...
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Should I have an object as attribute or primitive id? [duplicate]

I am wondering which principle should I use. Here is my situation. I have a class named TravelOffer. This class looks like this: public class TravelOffer { private final long id; private ...
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What should be in a PIMPL?

I am kinda trying to implement a windowing library in C++, the circumstances are forcing me to implement it all myself, that's not the point of this question however. My question is: What should be ...
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Why is inheritance generally viewed as a bad thing by OOP proponents [duplicate]

I keep hearing the phrase "Favour Composition over Inheritance" from GoF which is being annoyingly mentioned repeatedly by my friend who thinks it is a valid blanket statement but is it not more ...
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Separating UI from logic

I'm trying to develop a little game and for this I'd like to separate the UI from the game logic. So I'm thinking of using an "Animator" class that will be responsible for rendering the objects, but ...
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Lightweight data modeling vs traditional classes [closed]

I've heard a lot of talk about using lightweight data modeling as of late. Especially in relation to the Clojure programming language. What is it and how it differs from traditional classes regarding ...
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Design Question - System Integration

Guidance on good application architecture / design is not in short supply however most of the examples focus on some business object, like Customer and its behaviour and persistence. There is little ...
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Designing classes the right way [closed]

I am trying to design my classes in the optimal way for the following scenario. A city has metro lines covering a number of stations.There are 4 lines represented by 4 colors.The user has to enter ...
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Is there a limitation when using the Bloch's Builder Pattern with mandatory fields?

Background I have a class TextDrawable which draws text on top of a shape. There are a number of properties that can be set while creating a TextDrawable object. Mandatory Properties: Text Shape ...
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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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Clean Code and Hybrid Objects and Feature Envy

So I recently made some major refactorings to my code. One of the main things I tried to do was split out my classes into data objects and worker objects. This was inspired, among other things, by ...
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Deriving from a class only to provide a special constructor

In our codebase, I encountered the following construct: There is a base class B, and then there is a class D which derives from B, but does not override or add any members. In fact, D is completely ...
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Logic based on modified fields of a Hibernate entity

I have a Hibernate entity object MyObject with several attributes and a service MyObjectService containing business logic dealing with MyObject. I also have a view model dealing with user input/output ...
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When writing object-oriented code, should I always be following a design pattern?

Is there a conceivable design pattern for any object-oriented program? I ask this because recently I saw an implementation of a Door class with a Lock. It was part of a test and the answer said that ...
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Class template specialization for implementing Automata

I'm implementing classes for simulating and generating different kind of automata. I'd prefer to use the same State and Transition classes for all the automata: NFA, DFA, PDA, etc. For a PDA a ...
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Base Class, with method that returns Derived Class. design flaw?

I'm writing a Math equation solver in python (for fun). The first design that came to my mind: Expression: base class for every item in an equation (maybe bad name). BinaryExpression extends ...
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When should I refactor a private class into a package-private class?

When I began implementing a class in my system (let's call it A), I realized I needed some kind of object that does something. So I needed a new class (let's call it B), but I made it a private static ...
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When should something be a class? And are my chosen classes good OO design?

My background: I am new to programming. Python is my only programming knowledge. I program as a hobby, and I'm teaching myself by reading copious amounts of books. I understand enough about OOP to ...
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Ignoring the generic part of a type while an object is being passed

I have a message class that holds the name of a destination, and a generic variable acting as the message payload public class Message<T> { public string Destination public T Payload ...
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Should this interpretation happen in the Controller or the Model?

Imagine an application where the user is allowed to create his/her own musical scales. The user selects notes from a list, arranges them to a group and presses a button to create the scale. In an MVC ...
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Design pattern for modifying state and notifying the other modifiers without a loop

The idea is that I have a set of properties that represent possible options in the app. These options can be modified through a variety of different ways, such as from the UI, remotely, third party, ...
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Class hierarchy question - do you implement separate classes for the same behavior? [closed]

NOTE: The language I am using is C#. I am currently working on a 'The Quest' mingame where there is a player and some enemies. My design so far involves a base abstract class called 'Mover' and an ...
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Is DDD not appropriate for my website or should I introduce a Query Layer?

I have inherited an ASP.NET website application and the previous developer has used what I believe are some DDD concepts. I am new to DDD and I have to admit I am struggling with the practical side of ...
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Is 'design with types first' ultimately the same as 'design with interfaces first'?

In Object Oriented Programming, we're taught to think in terms of Polymorphism (the idea that the implementation is decoupled from the interface - and that it makes sense to think of the interface ...
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Handling multiple packet types in Java 8

I have a Netty-based game server implementation that handles 40 or so distinct packets with their own serialization structure, for brevity I'll refer to them as FooPacket, BarPacket, ... These packet ...
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Basic PHP Object Oriented Design Review

I am attempting to learn object oriented programming by designing a simple web application related to the Catholic liturgical calendar. I have very little formalized training in programming, but I ...
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Is it better to put an event on the top object or closer to where it's local?

Take the following basic structured code for example: class Player { public QuestLog QuestLog { get; set; } } Let us consider that "QuestLog" has the ability to fire off some events when things ...
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The ViewController design in iOS vs MVC in tradiational web apps design

As I came from the background of webapps and move to iOS programming, I am wondering why we can't just apply the MVC design approach to native apps, i.e. in iOS, the view and controller are tightly ...
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Is my class structure good enough?

So I wanted to try out this challenge on reddit which is mostly about how you structure your data the best you can. I decided to challenge my C++ skills. Here's how I planned this. First, there's ...
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Why should ViewModel route actions to Controller when using the MVCVM pattern?

When reading examples across the Internet (including the MSDN reference) I have found that code examples are all doing the following type of thing: public class FooViewModel : BaseViewModel { ...
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Passing functions into other functions as parameters, bad practice?

We've been in the process of changing how our AS3 application talks to our back end and we're in the process of implementing a REST system to replace our old one. Sadly the developer who started the ...
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Requesting feedback on my OO design

I'm working on an application that creates music by itself. I'm seeking feedback for my OO design so far. This question will focus on one part of the program. The application produces Tune objects, ...
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How to change the state of a singleton in runtime

Consider I am going to write a simple file based logger AppLogger to be used in my apps, ideally it should be a singleton so I can call it via public class AppLogger { public static String file = ...
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One boilerplate class or many similar classes?

Lets say I'm trying to model a variety of objects that are virtually identical, the only difference being their class variables. Am I better off creating one boilerplate class and just calling the ...
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Design for object with optional and modifiable attributtes?

I've been using the Builder pattern to create objects with a large number of attributes, where most of them are optional. But up until now, I've defined them as final, as recommended by Joshua Block ...