What do you call a class not intended to be instantiated

Aaron "Castironpi" Brady castironpi at gmail.com
Tue Sep 23 00:46:20 CEST 2008

On Sep 22, 5:32 pm, Steven D'Aprano <st... at REMOVE-THIS-
cybersource.com.au> wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Sep 2008 19:41:46 +1000, James Mills wrote:
> > On 22 Sep 2008 09:07:43 GMT, Steven D'Aprano
> >> But that's precisely what I want to avoid: I don't want the objects to
> >>  share *any* state, not even their class. I'm not trying for a Borg or
> >>  Singleton: the user can call the factory as many times as they want,
> >>  but the objects returned shouldn't share any state. I don't know if
> >>  what I want has a name. Judging from people's reactions, I'd say
> >>  probably not.
> > Snce when are "users" ever involved
> > in programming problems or programming languages ?
> What an astounding question.
> Consider a class. There are the programmers who write the class, and
> there are the programmers (possibly the same people, but not necessarily)
> who use the class. The second set of people, the programmers who use the
> class, are *users* of the class. What else would they be?
> --
> Steven


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