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Difficulty-Beginner Java Behavioral

Also known as

Filter, Criteria


Specification pattern separates the statement of how to match a candidate, from the candidate object that it is matched against. As well as its usefulness in selection, it is also valuable for validation and for building to order

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Use the Specification pattern when

  • you need to select a subset of objects based on some criteria, and to refresh the selection at various times
  • you need to check that only suitable objects are used for a certain role (validation)
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