ManagedObject is a class provided by a framework. Our own classes all inherit from this class. The framework also provides some API to retreive ManagedObject from database. We have kinds of childrens of ManagedObject. But we only get their parent reference via the framework's API. We add a group attribute to all the children classes. When we want to get this attribute, the code like this:
We do the downcast only to get the group attribute! We haven't the privilege to modify the ManagedObject to add this attribute. How to eliminate these if-else in this situation?
Let both ChildA and ChildB implement that interface. That way, you can simply cast the ManagedObject to the Grouped interface - no need for the instanceof test.
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Joined: Aug 19, 2005
Originally posted by Ilja Preuss: Introduce an interface