Categories
Uncategorized

Two new creational design patterns

Polluting Factory Method

I named this the polluting factory method pattern because it relies on mutation. The nifty thing about this pattern is if you squint really hard, it looks like you have named parameters, or especially if you use a multi-line lambda, it looks almost like an object literal.

What I like about this pattern is that there is a clear distinction between required parameters and optional ones. Also, by using the most succinct class syntax in Java, there is relatively little boilerplate.

Lockstep Builder Pattern

 

The heart of this pattern is having a new class for each required field and a single method on each builder class which returns the next step. Compared to the builder pattern, this goes in the opposite direction. It is very verbose. The point of this pattern is to make object creation as easy as possible. By having only one method on each class, your IDE will practically walk you through creating the object step by step. If you instantiate an object often enough, eventually it might be worthwhile to invest in designing the class this way. Or if you use some form of code generation, that might also tip the scales to make this worthwhile.