Parameters are important for any non trivial program, to help make it generic and data driven. Parameters are usually function arguments but can also be part of the configuration.

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Strategies for parameter wrapping

Methods with many parameters are often sometimes unavoidable. In my own experience I often find this is the case for program entry points and complex mathematical procedures - where refactoring is ...
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Should I use exceptions to control the range of parameters in Python?

For example for the following method signature: def genClusters(n_clusters, n_nodes, cluster_distribution): n_clusters should be an integer of more than 1. n_nodes should be an integer of more ...
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Understanding the concept of “arguments” and “parameters” in C language as explained in K&R The C Programming Language

In the third last paragraph at page number 26 of the ebook "The C Programming Language" the author(s) say, "We will generally use parameter for a variable named in the parenthesized list in a ...
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Optional referenced-type paremeter

I know in C#, by default, referenced type variables are passed by reference to a method. I have a function which sometimes I just need its return value and sometimes both return value and the changes ...
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Passing parameters that need to be copied by value or const reference

I have a basic (mathematical) vector class, which in my opinion benefits from C++'s operator overloading. Vector-scalar operations are defined as self-modifying functions in the class itself, class ...
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Best OOP Practice in C#: Passing the object as parameter VS creating a new instance of the object

First things first, I would like to know if passing an object as parameter is much better than creating another object AGAIN in a class that will use it again and second what are the pros and cons of ...
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Should I accept empty collections in my methods that iterate over them?

I have a method where all logic is performed inside a foreach loop that iterates over the method's parameter: public IEnumerable<TransformedNode> TransformNodes(IEnumerable<Node> nodes) { ...
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Defensive copy in in the client class or in the service class?

I have one service method that receive parameters as a Map. I will need to add new attributes to this map inside the service. If I pass the original Map object to the parameter instead of a copy, the ...
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Method Parameters Ordering [closed]

I was recently changing a method to add in an additional parameter, and I couldn't help but wonder if there were "best practices" or "generally accepted rules" in deciding what order parameters of a ...
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Is there a way for Object 1 to call Object 2's enums in a function call?

For example, if I have two classes "Director" and "Follower". I want the Director to tell the follower where to go (ex: follower1.go(direction.LEFT)), and I want the Director to know what directions ...
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Is there a name for the technique of converting method parameters into a unified form to simplify further processing? [closed]

When working with methods which accept a parameter in various forms (e.g. nil, a single string, a single string containing multiple data or an array of strings) I tend to unify them - splitting, ...
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Is a long list of parameter checks an anti-pattern?

Background: I'm working on an application that will manage backup generators. These generators need to be able to be "linked" together. For example, Generator B might serve as a backup for ...
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Function only returns unchanged parameter, useless?

I just found this function in the project I'm working at: -- Just returns the text unchanged. -- Note: <text> may be nil, function must return nil in that case! function Widget:wtr(text) ...
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Should I throw guard exceptions that will be thrown by internal methods anyway? [duplicate]

I have some fairly simple code (C#): /// <summary> /// Truncates a string to a maximum length. /// </summary> /// <param name="value"> The string to truncate. ...
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Parameterized Java Types (Generics)

Consider this "legacy" code: public interface IPersistentCollection { IPersistentCollection cons(Object o); } Genericized in Java, it could become something like this: public interface ...
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Good practice to pass this information through URL parameter

Basically, let's suppose an application that manage some user's meetings. I have a filtering zone on a page that aims to specify the category of items I need to specifically return. ...
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Replaceable parameter syntax meaning

Replaceable parameter syntax for the console object in C#. I am taking the O'Reilly C# Course 1 and it is asking for a replaceable parameter syntax and it is not very clear on what that means. ...
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Is it bad practice to resolve null arguments to default static variables?

First, let me show you an example (written in ActionScript 3.0): class GameObject { public static function MakeFromName( pName:String, pAtlas:TextureAtlas ...
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Setting global parameters: is this a reasonable use of const_cast and volatile?

I have a program that I run repeatedly with various parameter sets. Different parameters are used in different parts of the program (including different source files). The same parameter may also be ...
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Constructors, Ignore Arguments

Is it possible to have a constructor in a class, that you can ignore certain arguments/parameters? For example, I have this constructor Car(color, make, model, wheels, type, doors) Could I call ...
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How to name a method that both performs a task and returns a boolean as a status?

If there is a method bool DoStuff() { try { // doing stuff... return true; } catch (SomeSpecificException ex) { return false; } } should it rather be called ...
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Should I omit the parameter “e” when using EventHandler<EventArgs>?

Whenever I am defining my own events, I use a pattern such as the following (which I believe is how the MSDN recommends doing it): public class MyEventClass { private bool _value; // Backing ...
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Design Pattern: Algorithm varies according to the input arguments

I will give a simple example to help you understand my question. Suppose we have a rectangle and a Utility class with a method that creates a buffer arround a shape. The .createBuffer method has ...
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How to encapsulate method parameters in Java?

An HTTP query can be parametrized to a list of pairs like name=value that can be encapsulated in general as Map<String, String> since an HTTP GET query is string pairs. I could need something ...
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Common practice to transfer named parameters in Tcl

Using Tcl8.5, what is the common practice to transfer named variables to a proc/method? Something that will be similar to defining the class members when instantiating a class object [incr Tcl]. ...
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How to deliver 3 different parameters to class in one method (2 of 3 are optional)

I need your help how to implement it nice and well. It's quite a simple problem. I can solve it but I need help on how to do that better. My class has logic working using three parameters. It gets ...
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Inform caller or just let them deal with exception?

I'm not sure how to proceed in the following situation. say we have a function as so: def runsATask(codes): myDicts = [helperFunc(code) for code in codes] for item in myDicts: # some ...
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Why not annotate function parameters?

To make this question answerable, let's assume that the cost of ambiguity in the mind of a programmer is much more expensive then a few extra keystrokes. Given that, why would I allow my teammates to ...
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Understanding parameters

I have read this statement: "A parameter is used as a sort of temporary messenger, carrying data originating from outside the constructor or method and making it available inside it." So, does that ...
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Is it better to have constructors with or without parameters?

Is it better to have constructors with or without parameters and why? public NewClass( String a, String b, int c) throws IOException { //something } OR public NewClass() { //something } ...
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Ruby - when to use instance variables vs parameters between methods?

I'm writing several methods that call other methods. To pass the information I have a couple of choices: Pass the information as parameters Set instance variables so that other methods can access ...
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Multiple arguments in function call vs single array

I have a function that takes in a set of parameters, then applies to them as conditions to an SQL query. However, while I favored a single argument array containing the conditions themselves: ...
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Best practices for refactoring parameter file structure in multiple environments

Background info and what I've tried Within each of two mostly distinct environments, say 'Research' and 'Production', there is a need for a structured parameter file. The file contains things like ...
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Fields vs method arguments [closed]

I just started writing some new class and it occurred to me that I was adding a lot of method arguments that are not strictly needed. This is following a habit to avoid having state in classes that is ...
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Factory for arrays of objects in python

Ok, the title might be a little misleading. I have a Window class that draws widgets inside itself in the constructor. The widgets are all of the same type. So I pass a list of dictionaries, which ...
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Passing an object into a method which changes the object, is it a common (anti-) pattern?

I am reading about common code smells in Martin Fowler's Refactoring book. In that context, I was wondering about a pattern I am seeing in a code base, and wether one could objectively consider it an ...
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UML representation of type being passed as a parameter

I want to draw a UML diagram of my program. Class Barney has a method Yabadaba(Doo d) which takes a parameter of type Doo. How do I represent that class Doo is used in class Barney in my UML diagram? ...
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Overloading to support multiple related types (especially pointers)

Problem I was just trying to debug a set of file-manipulation routines I wrote for a program I am working on. One of them kept returning an INVALID_HANDLE error. Explanation I figured out what the ...
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Generic params table design

We have a generic parameter table whose important attributes are : id number auto increment not null domain varchar (200) not null classification varchar (200) not null param_name varchar (200) not ...