Interfaces...I will add my 2 cents to what was already said.
You don't need them, but they improve quality of your code. Your application is easily maintained, improved, understandable, accessible, more cleaner, modules can be added easily...
They implements some behavior (example):
abstract class AToaster implements toastAble
$bread->state = STATE_DELICIOUS;
class TalkingToaster extends AToaster implements talkAble
echo "Hello, would you like to toast your bread?";
$toaster = new TalkingToaster();
On Fri, 17 May 2013 16:04:40 +0200, Tedd Sperling <tedd.sperl...@gmail.com> wrote:
> You said:
>> An interface does what it says on the tin: it describes an interface
>> that a class can then tell the world it implements.
>> An abstract class provides functionality as well as an interface
>> description. An abstract class cannot be instantiated, it can only be
>> The logging example given by someone earlier in this thread is the most
>> common example given for interfaces. This is where the interface is
>> defined as an API for others to implement and/or use which then enables
>> users to pick and choose the combination of implementations they want
>> to use based on their requirements without needing to change any of the
>> code of either class.
> I understand the "stated" differences between abstract and interface. I
> can cite what the differences are, but I don't see the practical
> application differences. To me there is no difference between an
> abstract class (without method declarations) and an interface.
> However, I view an interface as a statement (a contract) where IF you
> want someone to use your code you outline the methods you require them
> to flesh-out in their code -- but I would like to see a simple example
> of that.
> I vaguely get the logging example given by Larry, but I'm not good at
> abstract thinking -- I need a concrete simple example.
> I tried to create a demo where I had a Toaster Class that contained
> breadNumber() and toastSetting() methods and then created an interface
> so my students could use the Toaster, but it didn't really hold up as
> well as I wanted.
> So, can anyone give me a simple example where an interface is used so I
> can easily explain why they are important?
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