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Tip: Object Arrays are so Flexible

Learn how to avoid error-prone ways of passing data.


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/**
* @returns [1]: Location, [2]: Customer, [3]: Incident
*/

Object[] getDetails(int id) {...

This sort of passing back values from a method is error prone; it is recommended to declare a small class that holds the objects together.

Details getDetails(int id) {...}

private class Details {
      public Location location;
      public Customer customer;
      public Incident incident;
}

 

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Octavia Andreea Anghel is a senior PHP developer currently working as a primary trainer for programming teams that participate at national and international software-development contests. She consults on developing educational projects at a national level. She is a coauthor of the book "XML Technologies--XML in Java" (Albastra, ISBN 978-973-650-210-1), for which she wrote the XML portions. In addition to PHP and XML, she's interested in software architecture, web services, UML, and high-performance unit tests.
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