Tuesday, 12 October 2021 07:06

Design Patterns in ABAP: Factory and singleton (and the wonderous world of OO-Abap)

Written by Jan-Willem Kaagman
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Did you ever encounter that even after the statement DEFINITION DEFERRED you still need to move the definition of your class? Or have you ever wondered that if a singleton-class has several subclasses, why all those subclasses will be singletons, or that all classes in the tree will be one singleton? Those experiences were new to me, but I encountered them and I wanted to share my amazement.

This blog is a mixture of a how-to create a factory-class for singletons with inheritance, some surprises I found during coding and a request for advice. So please, please comment and ask questions. I would love to learn from my mistakes and wrong assumptions. I chose to not use test-driven approach to keep this blog more readable.

I was busy with some experimenting (hoping to write a blog about that later), and having re-read parts of the book “Design Patterns in ABAP Objects” by Kerem Koseoglu  I wanted to play more with these patterns. I was comparing several approaches and solutions to a problem, and wanted to have the same call to the different solutions (the polymorphism of object oriented development). As I was using operations I opted for using singletons, inheriting some standard behaviour from the superclass.

The road to a solution to test several different solutions for the same problems using inheritance and a factory class was not a straight road – not at all. It was such a bumpy ride that I thought this was worthy of its own blog. This blog first appeared at our own website.

The challenge

We want to perform an operation on something. In my case, I wanted to test several solutions for a certain operation on an object. So I need:

  • Uniformity in calling the solution.
  • Different reactions for the operation.
  • Managed instantiation.

An additional “restraint” is that this is a proof of concept. I didn’t want to clog the system with dozens of artifacts, so I created it in one program. This led to one interesting issue…

Interface and inheritance – Creating the Singleton(s)

First, I want to have uniformity in calling the solution. So I define an interface that states what operation should be used:

INTERFACE: zlif_interface. METHODS: do_something RETURNING VALUE(zrv_text) TYPE string. ENDINTERFACE.

This is the most important part of the whole solution, and now it’s done. Almost finished!

Let us think now about the other parts. It would be

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