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From sebb <>
Subject Re: [csv] Why does CSVFormat provide a validate() method instead of validating parameters passed to its constructor?
Date Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:16:18 GMT
On 14 March 2012 21:02, Emmanuel Bourg <> wrote:
> Le 14/03/2012 21:52, Benedikt Ritter a écrit :
>> the subject of this mail is pretty self-explanatory. Why do we need a
>> package private validate() method, given the fact, that users can not
>> create custom instances (constructor is package private)? You could
>> even argue, that no validation is needed at all, since we are in
>> control of what formats can be created. However I'd say, the
>> validation makes sure that we do not unintentionally create invalid
>> formats. But then validate() can be made private and called at the end
>> of the constructor.
> Because the format could temporarily be in an invalid state. Something like
> this would break (a bit far fetched, I agree):
> CSVFormat.DEFAULT.withDelimiter('#').withCommentStart('/');

In which case, reversing the order would work.
We would just have to document this as a restriction.

The problem with leaving the validation until later is that it
decouples the cause and effect.
This makes it a bit harder to debug.

It's also simpler if there is a single validation method.
At present some of the setters also perform validation.

BTW, we should probably reject delimiter == DISABLED.

Also, the DISABLED constant needs to be public (or available via a
public getter) otherwise it's not possible to disable all but the
Using a getter would allow the constant to be changed if it became necessary.

> Emmanuel Bourg

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