Strategy Design Pattern

The strategy design pattern allows you to create Context classes, which use Strategy implementation classes for applying business rules.
Use Strategy design pattern when you need to define family of algorithms, encapsulate each one and make them interchangeable.
Use strategy design pattern when you need to use one of several algorithms dynamically.

Strategy Design Pattern

Benefits

  • Reduces multiple if-else statements at client side.
  • Hides complex, algorithmic-specific data from client.

Example of Strategy Design Pattern in Java Library

One good example of a Strategy pattern from JDK itself is a Collections.sort() method and the Comparator interface, which is a strategy interface and defines a strategy for comparing objects. Because of this pattern, we don’t need to modify the sort() method (closed for modification) to compare any object; at the same time, we can implement a Comparator interface to define a new comparing strategy (open for extension).

This pattern is actually based upon the Open-Closed design principle and if you understand that principle then its quite easy for you to understand the Strategy pattern as well.

Example
Strategy Design Pattern Example

 

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