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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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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Lightweight data modeling vs traditional classes [on hold]

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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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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Pattern / methodology for representing large database records as objects

A bit of background information: We have an old database application written in Access that lets users monitor their workload, and the code is... 'procedural' might be too kind. The vast majority of ...
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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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Software desing suggestion - In case we need to set a property of a class within a scope and dispose it when the parent scopes completes [on hold]

This is a software design related question. Lets say we have the following class: Public MyClassA { private int x; Private Student _student; Public Student { get ...
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Relative encapsulation design

Let's say I am doing a 2D application with the following design: There is the Level object that manages the world, and there are world objects which are entities inside the Level object. A world ...
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Designing classes the right way [on hold]

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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Interface questions for using Command Pattern and Dependency Injection together

I have many projects that have essentially the same high level requirement: test all hardware on a device. Each device can have a different communication protocol, requires different test equipment to ...
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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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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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overriding implemented base class methods

I read somewhere that the chain of inheritance breaks when you alter a behavior from derived class. What does "altering a behavior" mean here? Is overriding an already implemented method in base class ...
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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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Updating an Entity through a Service

I'm separating my software into three main layers (maybe tiers would be a better term): Presentation ('Views') Business logic ('Services' and 'Repositories') Data access ('Entities' (e.g. ...
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Visitor stability vs instanceof flexibility

I am working on a GUI application which generates a configuration file. I have a class hierarchy for the configuration model and I use an object tree of that hierarchy in several different contexts. ...
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How do I recreate this Access Control/Group/ whatever methodology in OO/MVC

I am looking at trying to rewrite an application that is mostly procedural to an MVC/OO approach in order to teach myself a deeper understanding of both. BUT, I am having some conceptual issues with ...
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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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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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Refactor an old model of a LastUser Modification on every Object?

I have a software requirement, that needs to store the user that made the last modification to another object, for every object (assume that all objects are already mapped and into a BD). So we have ...
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Separation of concerns between objects

I have two objects which work together to provide interaction with HIDs on a machine. One object is responsible for the communication (read/write) to the HID and the other object is responsible for ...
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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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Binary Tree/Knowledge Base design C++

Currently I have a binary tree template setup where my main is using it with strings to make a question/answer game. I'm using a knowledge base that works as an interface to the binary tree that main ...
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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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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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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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Passing in config values to a method using SOLID principles

I have an email helper class that has a method that sends email: private static class EmailHelper { public static void SendEmail(string from, string to, string subject, string message) { ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When would you want two references to the same object?

In Java specifically, but likely in other languages as well: when would it be useful to have two references to the same object? Example: Dog a = new Dog(); Dob b = a; Is there a situation where ...
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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 ...
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Poltergeist and factories [closed]

I've just come across the Poltergeist anti-pattern - and maybe it's because the morning coffee hasn't kicked in yet, but I read the description: a poltergeist (or gypsy wagon) is a short-lived, ...
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How to generalize a classes that has identical function plus some additional function

I have some designing problems with my project. To illustrate my problem, I'll use the following two classes from my project. public class RAM_UserManagement{ private Map<int,User> userList; ...
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Is this a poltergeist or is it justified? [closed]

I've come to a point in re-design of my code where I face an imminent Poltergeist Anti-Pattern threat. A master application object has two "eye" objects. Eye objects have a "RenderHUD" function, which ...
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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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Is this proper OO design for C++?

I recently took a software processes course and this is my first time attempting OO design on my own. I am trying to follow OO design principles and C++ conventions. I attempted and gave up on MVC for ...