Monday, May 3, 2010

Overlay vs override

Microsoft is trying to achieve consistency among all the classes in AX to have the following condition met:
Each class has construct method which takes no parameters. This constructor should be the primary entry point for class construction, e.g. any other constructor should use construct() inside.
For the same reason, to avoid direct instantiation of the objects via new() method they are marked as protected. It is done in such way because it looks like overriding is much more maintainable than overlaying. It is better to create a sub-class in the outer layer that extends super-class in inner layer and overrides the required method + have construct() method overlaid to instantiate sub-class instead. Code upgrade in this case seems to be much cheaper comparing to the case when methods are overlaid directly on the super-class.

So my question basically is, if this statement is correct or not? Are you writing code in the described way? If no, why? What are the cases when overlaying is better that overriding?


  1. Can you give a example here to make the scenario more clear ?

    The general way we followed earlier was
    to create new methods and have a single construct
    method in the base class. Then use the construct method
    for all types of construction.
    Eg: as in InventMovement class

    But recently after looking at the BP warning of
    making the new method protected we have moved to the new
    model where we create new methods for every subclas
    and make them protected and also have an constructor for it

    After this we create a factory kind of method in the base class
    and use that to create different instance.

    But still i think widely the first method is
    adopted by other developers.

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