Handling New Requirements
After writing this application, suppose I receive a new requirement to change the way I have to handle taxes. Now, I have to be able to handle taxes on orders from customers outside the United States. At a minimum, I will need to add new rules for computing these taxes.
How can I handle these new rules? I could attempt to reuse the existing SalesOrder object, processing this new situation like a new kind of sales order, only with a different set of taxation rules. For example, for Canadian sales, I could derive a new class called CanadianSalesOrder from SalesOrder that would override the tax rules. I show this solution in Figure 14-2.
Figure 14-2. Sales order architecture for an e-commerce system.
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