Facade Pattern: A Beginner’s How-To for Simplified Code

In this article I'll be going over one of my most used design patterns called the facade (or fa├žade), and explaining why I like to use it. As with all things I share information about, it's important to remain pragmatic as software engineers. With that said, this article is not to persuade you to use this pattern exclusively or that there are not alternatives. Instead, I'd like to arm you with another design pattern tool in your figurative coding toolbox. The more tools you have available, the better prepared you are to go build awesome stuff. What We're Trying to Achieve With a Facade When I am developing software, whether it is personally, professionally, or as someone that is influencing the direction of software I am not directly coding myself, I encourage a focus on flexibility in software. I have…

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Dependency Injected Singletons… What?

Background Previously I wrote a bit about singletons. I'm not afraid to say that I think singletons have a time and a place... Okay, I'm afraid to say it, but it's actually how I feel :) After learning more and more about inversion of control design patterns and programming by interfaces, I started to notice just how inflexible singletons are. When you consider using a singleton, you should be considering both the pros and cons without jumping right into it. Here's an example of my approach for mixing singletons, programming by interfaces, and a bit of inversion of control. The Setup I'm actually surprised you got this far. I'm sure you're probably just sticking around to see how messed up this could possibly be. I'm actually proud that this little pattern has worked out so well when I've used it,…

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How Do You Structure Your Singletons?

Background I'll skip over the discussion about why many people hate singletons (that's a whole separate can of worms, but worth mentioning) because in the end, it's not going to get rid of them. A singleton is a design pattern that ensures only one instance of the singleton object can ever be constructed. Often, singletons are made to be "globally accessible" in an application (although, I'm still not confident that this is actually part of the definition of a singleton). There are a handful of different ways to implement singletons... so what are they?   The Not-Thread-Safe-Singleton With singletons, the main goal is to ensure that only one instance can be created. Below is a snippet of singleton code that works, but is not guaranteed in a multi-threaded environment: internal class NotThreadSafeSingleton { private static NotThreadSafeSingleton _instance; /// /// Prevents…

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