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QaFoo.com:
Code Reuse By Inheritance
January 20, 2014 @ 10:55:18

On the Qafoo blog today Kore Nordmann has a new post talking about code reuse through inheritance. He talks about base classes, sharing code and abstraction.

To me, inheritance has two properties: Defining an is-a relationship [and] making it possible to share code between classes by extending from a common base class. The is-a relationship between classes is one thing I like to use inheritance for. [...] The other thing you can use inheritance for is to share code between multiple classes. [...] I personally think that the latter is one of the worst things you can do in object oriented design. Bear with me for a moment and let me try to explain why I think that.

His example of doing it the wrong way is using the Active Record design pattern and how it's usually implemented - storage logic in the base class and business/table logic in the extending class. He then gets into an example that's a bit "smaller" creating diff display functionality and how the "code reuse by inheritance" creeps in a lot in helper methods. He also briefly looks at testing (or not testing) private methods and and the "Depth of Inheritance Tree" metric's recommended value.

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Link: http://qafoo.com/blog/063_code_reuse_by_inheritance.html

Daniel Cousineau's Blog:
Hierarchical Data With PHP and MySQL
June 02, 2008 @ 12:09:37

Daniel Cousineau submitted a new blog post he's come up with that looks at using hierarchical data in a MySQL database.

I recently had fun with an all-to-common issue with SQL driven websites: hierarchical data. For those who don't like big words, think trees. Other people have already discussed storage methods, and I would actually highly suggest you read the writeup if you haven't already.

He includes a sample table you can work from and some code that can be used to generate a select (based on a $depth variable) parent/child values from it. A few simple function calls later and you have a nested array or lots of little subarrays maintaining the parent/child relationships the database has.

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