Re: class hierarchy design problem

"Oliver Wong" <>
Wed, 02 Aug 2006 17:37:07 GMT
"dgront" <> wrote in message

    What is your program supposed to do? Convert from one file format to

Usually to convert, compute or check something from time to time

    How about having one stage where you parse all the inputs, and build
model objects out of that. And then a second stage where you walk your
data structure and emit all the data into files of the appropriate file

The major problem is with the number of methods: now I have 7 object
types and 10 file formats. That makes 3 (read, update, write) x 10 x 7
methods. Each class for instance has a custom parser of X format that
reads only this data that the class wants to have

Yes, I can build 10 new classes, one for each file format, with a
single parser. But how to reduce the number of methods? With these 10
classes I still need the methods:
A.createFromX(), A.updateFromY()...

    How do you currently determine what file format(s) the input is encoded

    - Oliver

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