Mnemonics for set of design principles: Single responsibility, Open-closed, Liskov substitution, Interface segregation, Dependency inversion

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SOLID Principles and code structure

At a recent job interview, I couldn't answer a question about SOLID -- beyond providing the basic meaning of the various principles. It really bugs me. I have done a couple of days worth of digging ...
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Is this a violation of the Liskov Substitution Principle?

Say we have a list of Task entities, and a ProjectTask sub type. Tasks can be closed at any time, except ProjectTasks which cannot be closed once they have a status of Started. The UI should ensure ...
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Why would Square inheriting from Rectangle be problematic if we override the SetWidth and SetHeight methods?

If a Square is a type of Rectangle, than why can't a Square inherit from a Rectangle? Or why is it a bad design? I have heard people say: If you made Square derive from Rectangle, then a Square ...
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Why would the 'final' keyword ever be useful?

It seems Java has had the power to declare classes not-derivable for ages, and now C++ has it too. However, in the light of the Open/Close principle in SOLID, why would that be useful? To me, the ...
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IOC Containers break OOP Principles

What is the purpose of IOC Containers? The combined reasons for it can be simplified to the following: When using OOP/SOLID Development principles, Dependency Injection gets messy. Either you have ...
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Are so called “cross-cutting concerns” a valid excuse to break SOLID/DI/IoC?

My colleagues like to say "logging/caching/etc. is a cross-cutting concern" and then proceed using the corresponding singleton everywhere. Yet they love IoC and DI. Is it really a valid excuse to ...
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Ensure that each class has only one responsibility, why?

According to Microsoft documentation, the Wikipedia SOLID principe article, or most IT architects we must ensure that each class has only one responsibility. I would like to know why, because if ...
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What is the real responsibility of a class?

I keep wondering if it is legitimate to use verbs that are based on nouns in OOP. I came across this brilliant article, though I still disagree with the point it makes. To explain the problem a bit ...
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Programming SOLID Principles

Over time I could understand two parts of SOLID – the “S” and “O”. “O” – I learned Open Closed Principle with the help of Inheritance and Strategy Pattern. “S” – I learned Single Responsibility ...
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LSP vs OCP / Liskov Substitution VS Open Close

I am trying to understand the SOLID principles of OOP and I've come to the conclusion that LSP and OCP have some similarities (if not to say more). the open/closed principle states "software ...
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What are the design principles that promote testable code? (designing testable code vs driving design through tests)

Most of the projects that I work on consider development and unit testing in isolation which makes writing unit tests at a later instance a nightmare. My objective is to keep testing in mind during ...
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When NOT to apply Dependency Inversion?

I am currently trying to figure out SOLID. So Dependency inversion means that any two classes should communicate via interfaces, not directly. E.g. if class A has a method, that expects a pointer to ...
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How many are too many interfaces on a class? [closed]

I would probably consider it a code smell or even an anti-pattern to have a class that implements 23 interfaces. If it is indeed an anti-pattern, what would you call it? Or is it simply just not ...
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Are static classes with static methods considered SOLID?

SOLID includes the Liskov substitution princicple which has the notion that “objects in a program should be replaceable with instances of their subtypes without altering the correctness of that ...
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How is dependency inversion related to higher-order functions?

Today I've just seen this article which described the relevance of SOLID principle in F# development- F# and Design principles – SOLID And while addressing the last one - "Dependency inversion ...
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SOLID principles vs YAGNI

When do the SOLID principles become YAGNI? As programmers we make trade-offs all the time, between complexity, maintainability, time to build and so forth. Amongst others, two of the smartest ...
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What can go wrong if the Liskov substitution principle is violated?

I was following this highly voted question on possible violation of Liskov Substitution principle. I know what the Liskov Substitution principle is, but what is still not clear in my mind is what ...
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SOLID vs. Avoiding Premature Abstraction

I understand what SOLID is supposed to accomplish and use it regularly in situations where modularity is important and its goals are clearly useful. However, two things prevent me from applying it ...
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Choose code design effort or laziness in Bank world

I've worked for two years in a great Investment Bank. I made some technical projects with the desire of creating code the most optimized, respecting the adapted good design patterns, SOLID principle, ...
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Do special-cases with fallbacks violate the Liskov Substitution Principle?

Let's say I have an interface FooInterface that has the following signature: interface FooInterface { public function doSomething(SomethingInterface something); } And a concrete class ...
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Are there flavours of OOP where some or all of the SOLID principles are antithetical to clean code?

I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine about OOP in video game development. I was explaining the architecture of one of my games which, to my friend's surprise, contained many small ...
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Equivalent of SOLID principles for functional programming

I've found the SOLID principles quite useful when thinking about object-oriented design. Is there a similar / equivalent set of language-agnostic principles tailored for functional programming?
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Where should you put constants and why?

In our mostly large applications, we usually have a only few locations for constants: One class for GUI and internal contstants (Tab Page titles, Group Box titles, calculation factors, enumerations) ...
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Is the semantic contract of an interface (OOP) more informative than a function signature (FP)?

It is said by some that if you take SOLID principles to their extremes, you end up at functional programming. I agree with this article but I think that some semantics are lost in the transition from ...
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How specific should the Single Responsibility pattern be for classes?

For example, suppose you have a console game program, which has all kinds of input/output methods to and from the console. Would it be smart to keep them all in a single inputOutput class or break ...
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Do mocks violate the Open/Closed principle?

Some time ago I read, on a Stack Overflow answer that I can't find, a sentence that explained that you should test public APIs, and the author said that you should test interfaces. The author also ...
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How to verify the Liskov substitution principle in an inheritance hierarchy?

Inspired by this answer: Liskov Substitution Principle requires that Preconditions cannot be strengthened in a subtype. Postconditions cannot be weakened in a subtype. Invariants ...
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Does test-driven development force me to follow SOLID?

I hear a lot from TDD practitioners that one of TDD's advantages is that it forces developers to follow SOLID principles (Single responsibility, Open-closed, Liskov substitution, Interface segregation ...
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Dependency Inversion Principle: How to define “high-level policy” and “low-level detail” to other people?

I am trying to explain the dependency inversion principle to my (mostly junior) colleagues. How can we define which one is the "high-level policy" and which one is the "low-level detail" in a ...
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Is overloading an example of the Open/closed principle?

Wikipedia says "software entities (classes, modules, functions, etc.) should be open for extension, but closed for modification" The word functions caught my eyes, and I now wonder if we can ...
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How does thinking on design patterns and OOP practices change in dynamic and weakly-typed languages?

There is a fairly helpful question already along these lines ("Non-OOP Design Patterns?"), but I am more curious about a transitional point of view for someone just getting started with dynamic and ...
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Two contradicting definitions of Interface Segregation Principle – which one is correct?

When reading articles on ISP, there seem to be two contradicting definitions of ISP: According to first definition ( see 1, 2, 3), ISP states that classes implementing the interface shouldn't be ...
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Applying SOLID principles

I am quite new to the S.O.L.I.D. design principles. I understand their cause and benefits, but yet i fail to apply them to a smaller project which I want to refactor as a practical exercise to use the ...
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Is discoverability for developers a problem when using SOLID principles?

I do line of business apps where the all the other developers are used to doing basic CRUD apps or are focused solely on making pretty/functional interfaces and I am getting the following a lot. ...
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SOLID vs. static methods

Here's a problem I frequently run into: Let there be a web shop project that has a Product class. I want to add a feature which allows users to post reviews to a product. So I have a Review class ...
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Is there an “ask for only what you need” interface principle?

I have grown into using a principle for designing and consuming interfaces that says basically, "ask for only what you need." For instance, if I have a bunch of types that can be deleted, I'll make ...
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Too many CS files in a single project [duplicate]

I am working on a ‘brown-field’ project, with a team of programmers. I understand each programmer will have different styles. I am running into some criticism with my coding style, specifically ...
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What makes the difference between “Hire” and an honest “almost” for final on-site interviews? [closed]

So, I have recently had on-site interviews with Google and Amazon and received polite rejection letters letting me know I was close, but not quite right for the skills they were looking for. I've ...
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Interface Segregation Principle: What to do if interfaces have significant overlap?

From Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices: Pearson New International Edition: Sometimes, the methods invoked by different groups of clients will overlap. If the overlap ...
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How to adhere to the open-closed principle in practice

I understand the intent of the open-closed principle. It's meant to reduce the risk of breaking something that already works while modifying it, by telling you to try to extend without modifying. ...
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What is the meaning of “inversion” in Dependency Inversion design principle?

I'm reading about design patterns. I know what this principle does. High-level and low-level classes depend on abstractions. But why we say this is inversion?
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When following SRP, how should I deal with validating and saving entities?

I've been reading Clean Code and various online articles about SOLID lately, and the more I read about it, the more I feel like I don't know anything. Let's say I'm building a web application using ...
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Is wrapping a third party code the only solution to unit test its consumers?

I'm doing unit testing and in one of my classes I need to send a mail from one of the methods, so using constructor injection I inject an instance of Zend_Mail class which is in Zend framework. Now ...
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When in your language classes are objects too, does the Liskov substitution principle apply to their interfaces?

According to Wikipedia the Liskov substitution principle states that objects in a program should be replaceable with instances of their subtypes without altering the correctness of that program ...
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Is throwing an error in unpredictable subclass-specific circumstances a violation of LSP?

Let's say I wanted to create a Java List<String> (see spec) implementation that uses a complex subsystem, such as a database or file system, for its store so that it acts as a persistent ...
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What does “abstractions should not depend on details” actually mean?

Most readers will be familiar with Bob Martin's famous dependency inversion principle, which states - High-level modules should not depend on low-level modules. Both should depend on abstractions ...
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Is it good to have an interface plenty of methods which belong to different concepts, just to preserve the Liskov's Principle?

I'm currently studying a course based on Software Design and I had a discussion in class with my professor and some classmates about a problem represented by the next scenario: Scenario Imagine ...
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Do setters and getters always break the Single-Responsibility Principle?

As we know, The SRP states that every class should have single responsibility and that responsibility must be entirely encapsulated by the class. But setters and getters do serve another ...
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When applying the interface segregation, should you separate interfaces for regular setters and mathematical operations?

When applying the interface segregation, should you have separate interfaces for a straightforward setters and interfaces that perform an operation before setting? For example, say you have a class: ...
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How to use SOLID principles in this example

I have reading about SOLID principles last week and decided to try to solve real world problem by using them. So I got the problem of real world ecommerce site managing totals. Problem Statement: ...