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Jani Hartikainen's Blog:
Using a builder to construct complex classes
April 02, 2009 @ 12:58:28

If your code is getting more and more complex all the time and you find yourself creating a similar group of objects over and over, you might check out Jani Hartikainen's latest advice and create a "builder" around them.

Sometimes if you have a complex class, which needs to be set up in a specific way: Perhaps it takes a lot of constructor arguments, or often requires calling some setters. [...] Sometimes if you have a complex class, which needs to be set up in a specific way: Perhaps it takes a lot of constructor arguments, or often requires calling some setters.

His example is a "message builder" wrapper that lets you specify the receiver, sender and message and inject them into a to() method call (with a fluent interface). He shows how to make sure that the object you need (the message object) is always complete.

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