Tuesday, June 16, 2009

entry point in a java reusable component

What does it mean when a java developer says

"download xyz jar"
"Give me your java api"
"You own that api"
"use this java toolkit"

They are referring to some java classes (or interfaces), usually organized into a package. This toolkit is maintained by one team (owner) to be used by other teams.

Now, good OO design requires encapsulation, so there are usually a limited number of entry points to the toolkit. I mean the first thing you write to reference the toolkit. I think there are only 2 entry points -- static methods and constructors.

In some toolkits, api methods are instance methods. Question is how do you get the first instance from this toolkit? The entry points are all about instantiation.

Factory are often static methods.

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