Re: How to specify a parameter

Eric Sosman <esosman@ieee-dot-org.invalid>
Sat, 15 Mar 2008 14:40:05 -0400
Luca D. wrote:

When I create an instance of a class, I have to specify a direction,
which can be "Left" or "Right".
I thought about:

public class Object {

     Perhaps you should name your class "String" or "System"
to avoid confusion. ;-)

    private String direction;

    public Object(String direction) {
        this.direction = direction;

Object o = new Object("Left"/"Right");


public class Object {
    private final int left = 0;
    private final int right = 1;
    private int direction;

    public Object(int direction) {
        this.direction = direction;

Object o = new Object(0/1);

In this case everyone must know that left = 0 and right = 1.
Is there a common way/design pattern to solve this kind of problem?

     Several, with various advantages and disadvantages.

    public class Obtuse {
        public static final int LEFT = 0;
        public static final int RIGHT = 1;

        private int direction;

        public Obtuse(int direction) {
            this.direction = direction;
    Obtuse o = new Obtuse(Obtuse.LEFT);

Advantage: Simplicity. Disadvantage: Allows `new Obtuse(-42)'.

    public class Obnoxious {
        private static class Direction {
            private Direction() { }
        public static final Direction LEFT = new Direction();
        public static final Direction RIGHT = new Direction();

        private Direction direction;

        public Obnoxious(Direction direction) {
            this.direction = direction;
    Obnoxious o = new Obnoxious(Obnoxious.LEFT);

Advantage: Built-in type safety. Disadvantage: Clutter.

    public class Obese {
        public enum Direction { LEFT, RIGHT }

        private Direction direction;

        public Obese(Direction direction) {
            this.direction = direction;
    Obese o = new Obese(Obese.LEFT);

Advantage: It's all the rage. Disadvantage: More clutter.

Eric Sosman

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