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When coding, how do people make a decision on making a new file, placing classes on one file, or making it a private static attribute of a class.

To be specific, I am working on SortNames class and I created a class that implements a generic. I thought this class is small enough not create a new file, and others classes might use this capability so I decided to make the class within a file. How do others make their decision?
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If you start to speculate about how you might use something in the future, you have just touched a tar baby that you could become entangled in for all time.


Do the bare minimum to meet the needs of the assignment.

80% of all developers fall into the "what if" trap. I want you guys to stay the hell out of it.

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To make the source of a class easy to find, give it a seperate file.

To make it hard to use, put it inside another class.

If I want to show a small, working example of something in a forum, to ask or answer a question, I try to put it into a single file, so it's easy to copy that whole bunch of stuff, put it into a file, compile and see for your own what it does / an error.

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