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The State Design Pattern models objects that changes state, i.e. change behavior as a result of what has happened to them. This is also called "dynamic reclassification".

Objects are often discussed in terms of having a "state" that describes their exact conditions in a given time, based upon the values of their properties. The particular values of the properties affect the object's behavior. For instance, one can say that the exact behavior of an object's getColor() method is different if the "color" property of the given object is set to "blue" instead of "red" because getColor() returns a different value in the two situations.

Furthermore, the object may make decisions at run time as to exactly what to do dependent upon the values its properties possess. For instance, if the sky is blue (sky.setColor(Color.blue)) , then the sun should be visible.

public boolean sunIsVisible() { if(getColor()==Color.blue) {return true; }else { return false;} }

One issue with the above solution is that it is a hard-coded logic solution, not an architected solution. The sky does not intrinsically behave a certain way if it is blue, but rather it should figure out what to do in that situation.

Wouldn't it be better if the sky intrinsically acted properly if it were blue? One could imagine two objects: a SkyBlue and a SkyNonBlue . The SkyBlue class' sunIsVisible() method would always return true while the SkyNonBlue version would always return false.

What one needs now is the ability for a sky object to dynamically (i.e. at run time) change its class to/from SkyBlue and SkyNonBlue . What we'd like to accomplish is called " dynamic reclassification ".

We've seen code that does change its specific behavior depending on what particular strategy was installed. So, the setColor() method could install a strategy that would always return true if its sunIsVisible() method were to be called.

But does the user of the Sky class care about the stratregy?

Of course not. The user only cares that it does its job.

The state design pattern is a fully encapsulated, self-modifying strategy design pattern.

UML Class Diagram of the State Design Pattern

One design pattern that is used very often in conjunction with the state pattern is the Null Object Pattern .

Notice these things about the pattern:

  1. Any methods whose behaviors depend on the state of the object are simply delegated on in to the state, and handled there. Thus you will see the same methods in the context as in the states. Since the states are separate objects from the context, all the properties of the context need to have accessor methods that are at least package visible.
  2. The " Context " object needs to add a " set " accessor method so the states can modify which state is the active state. This method would be package visible so as to encapsulate the behavior away from the sight of the user.

Questions & Answers

how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
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s. Reply
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Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
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Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
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I'm interested in nanotube
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Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
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Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
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silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
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