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Re: Re: Re: Creating Common Constructor

by DeadPoet (Scribe)
on Jul 10, 2003 at 18:39 UTC ( #273092=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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jmanning2k, I am interested in your design thoughts, as well may be others, please post additional information. One other aspect that is not illustrated here but will be in my final post is the implementation of persistence by way of Storable.

Additional Information:

** The Zoo object will act as a mapper object to all other created object and will be persistent (Storable) thus maintaining its state (knowledge) of all Animals.

** The Animal objects will be persistent thus maintaining their state.

** The Zoo object when loaded must be able to re-animate (load) all previously known Animals.


** How does this additional information change or affect your design?


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by jmanning2k (Pilgrim) on Jul 11, 2003 at 14:29 UTC
    Doesn't change much.

    Your Zoo package can have a reanimate method that loads some data from a file or DB. I'll use a flat text file as an example:
    Stored Zoo data: Llama - Feet:4 - Color:Tan Camel - Feet:4 - Humps:2
    The reanimate method will go through this data and do:
    #[pseudocode - will not compile] foreach $line (<FILE>) { # Get $name and hash data from file # $name, $animalstats (hashref) my $newanimal = new Animal($name, $animalstats); push (@allanimals, $newanimal); }
    This repopulates your zoo with the stored information.

    For further enhancement, I'll elaborate on my Animal::Collection idea now.
    Your zoo should really contain several collections of animals. This way all animals of a similar type (or habitat) can be grouped together. This makes it easier to count all the animals in a particular type. I would do this with some sort of hashtable containing arrays of animals. (or animal collection objects).

    To do this, change the @allanimals array to a hashtable. Key it on the animal type (or habitat, etc).
    __DATA__ Llamas: Llama1 - data data data Llama2 - data data data Camels: Camel1 - data data data Camel2 - data data data __CODE__ # [pseudocode] foreach (my $groupname = from_datafile()) { ## Llamas, Camels, the collections. unless (exists $allanimals{$groupname}) ## Create a new collection if you don't already have one for that + animal type. my $newcollection = new Animal::Collection($groupname); $allanimals{$groupname} = $newcollection; } my $collection = $allanimals{$groupname}; # Now work with that collection. Add all your animals in that group. foreach $animal (animals_from_datafile()) { ## llama1, llama2, etc. $collection->add_animal(new Animal($animal, $animalstats); } }
    Aside: I'm assuming Animal->new is a factory method.
    package Animal; sub new ( my $name = shift; my $data = shift; if($name == 'llama') { return new Animal::Llama($data); } elseif ($name == 'camel') { return new Animal::Camel($data); } else { warn "Unknown animal type\n"; return new Animal::Generic($name, $data); } }
    So, you now have an $allanimals hash that holds all your animals. Each Animal type has it's own subtype, and therefore it's own stats, as per your original requirements.
    To work with the animals, you iterate through the collections and animals - use something like:
    foreach $type (keys $allanimals) { my $num_of_animals = $allanimals{$type}->count_collection(); # A met +hod in Animal::Colelction foreach $animal ($allanimals{$type}->get_animals()) { ## Using methods defined by the Animal interface ## But implemented in the Animal::Llama, Animal::Camel, etc subcl +asses. my $name = $animal->get_name(); $animal->feed(); } }
    The important thing to remember here: A zoo can hold any type of animal. You should never mention a specific animal type in your Zoo object. This makes it very difficult to add new animal types later. There are only 3 places where a specific animal is mentioned: in your datafile, in the subclass, and in the factory method.


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