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From Rob Leland <>
Subject Re: [math] design patterns (was Re: cvs commit: jakarta-commons-sandbox/math/src/java/org/apache/commons/math/stat
Date Thu, 19 Jun 2003 21:04:22 GMT
David Graham wrote:

>>> Static methods are a necessary evil in OO languages and should be 
>>> avoided when possible.
>> I disagree. Static functions are similar to Aspect Oriented 
>> Programming, such as AspectJ which centrializes
>> code across many classes that is similar in functionality. This 
>> eliminates duplicate code, and increases maintainability.
> I see no correlation between AOP and static methods, nor any 
> correlation between static methods an increased code maintainability.  
> There is nothing magic about static methods that make them more 
> maintainable than non-statics.
> David

Any time code is in --one-- place and not scattered across multiple 
classes this increases maintainability.
The fact that the methods are static is beside the point.


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