method

Make method pre-conditions explicit by design

A method usually makes assumptions about the arguments that are passed into it by a method invocation. The conditions that the arguments must fullfil are named the method’s pre-conditions. Thus a good method implementation checks if the arguments are in an expected state so that the method can execute. Often developers use basic data types as method parameters like String, Integer and so on, but a method usually doesn’t allow every possible value that these types can take. E.g. a method might declare an integer as parameter, but only accepts positive integers. Such a method might validate it’s pre-condition in this way: public double divide(double dividend, double divisor){ if(divisor == 0){ throw new IllegalArgumentException(“division by 0 is not… Read More »Make method pre-conditions explicit by design