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From "Michael Wooten (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (LANG-601) Add Builder Interface / Update Builders to Implement It
Date Sat, 06 Mar 2010 06:20:27 GMT
Add Builder Interface / Update Builders to Implement It

                 Key: LANG-601
             Project: Commons Lang
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: lang.builder.*
    Affects Versions: 3.0
         Environment: Java 1.5+
            Reporter: Michael Wooten
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 3.0

I propose the addition of a Builder<T> interface that can be used to identify a class
as a builder of a concrete type of object. The interface would provide the following method:

T build();

There are many examples of classes that define a build() method, including BasicThreadFactory.Builder.
By implementing this interface, the classes would explicitly indicate the object type they
are capable of building. Furthermore, the interface can provide documentation on the best
approach to implementing builder classes. 

I additionally suggest that the existing builder classes (CompareToBuilder, EqualsBuilder,
HashCodeBuilder, and ToStringBuilder) implement this interface. No other changes would need
to be made, since the class's build() method would only need to return the result of the current
"build" method for each of those classes.

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