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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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 ...
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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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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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Is it considered bad practice to make a DAO call in an object's constructor?

I am trying to figure out the best design for instantiating an object which requires two separate calls to the data layer through a DAO. The object is not usable until these calls have been made ...
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When to declare @throws with a Scala annotation - abstract parent or concrete implementation?

In this StackOverflow question I asked about the behavior of the @throws annotation in Scala. Now that I understand how it works I want to ask about best practices with using it. Here's a repost of my ...
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Choosing a class abstraction when multiple viable approaches exist

I'm having trouble trying to design a class structure for some search functionality. It's quite possible that I'm approaching this incorrectly altogether, but putting that aside I'm curious how other ...
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What is a good way to structure my UI classes?

So, I have a program which has a swing GUI. (Java - duh!) I really, really don't think the way I'm structuring my classes now is good, so I am reorganizing from the ground up to follow best practices. ...
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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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Domain model for a notification system

I'm trying to build a modular notification service in a ASP.NET MVC web application. The application generates notifications and the service is responsible for delivering the notifications to the ...
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Modeling Associations

I am working on the design phase of a paper folding project. I have a few queries in this. Part of the problem statement says " A web can contain one or more ribbons in it. It can also contain a ...
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Queue of jobs in a different states and with different services around

I need to design a 'queue' of jobs (in a a very much UI oriented application) that can be run by a user and I need some other thoughts to pick optimal approach from ground up. My jobs can be in a ...
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Should an abstract class always abstract its methods to an interface?

I had learned sometime ago that abstract classes should always abstract their functions to an interface. So instead of having something like this - abstract class a{ public int i; public int ...
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Proper program design for submitting a form

I have been stuck wondering what the best solution to the problem below: I am developing a form like GUI with quite a few places for input. Currently, I am storing each UI element in an ArrayList ...
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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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Does it make sense to use interfaces if you don't have polymorphism?

Suppose I have distinct classes that have the same behavior, which can be represented like this: public interface Behavior { void operationA(); } public class ImplementerA implements Behavior { ...
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Builder pattern inside interface. Bad design decision?

I am having trouble evaluating an implementation of the builder pattern I just came up with. The context is an API library, so I am trying not to expose any implementations in order to have a stable ...
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Object Design & Cohesion - Issue & potential refactoring

Abstract I have been trying to get my head around the cohesiveness of some functionality in our code base. I’ve approached this design in different ways, and lately I’m convinced that I took the ...
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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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Programming for future use of interfaces

I have a colleague sitting next to me who designed an interface like this: public interface IEventGetter { public List<FooType> getFooList(String fooName, Date start, Date end) ...
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Trying to come up with a mapping convention for C# objects

so this is C# but it could apply to any OO language where different sets of objects exist across different layers of an application. We have been trying to come up with a convention within the team ...
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Coupling business logic with class definitions

Perhaps it is my scripting background, but my perspective is that the purpose of an object should be to contain data. Classes are necessary in that they provide templates and standard ways to classify ...
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Adding new functionality to all of shelve.Shelf's subclasses in Python

In order to avoid the overhead associated with the shelve module's writeback option I'm interested in putting together a shelf class that only accepts hashable values, with hashability being a proxy ...
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How to structure a program into classes [closed]

So after a while of working in programming field I still haven't figured it out how exactly should programs be structured, in a large set I mean. Which I think it's also because of working in an ...