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16. Template Method Pattern

Vaskaran Sarcar1 
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

This chapter covers the Template Method pattern.

GoF Definition

Define the skeleton of an algorithm in an operation, deferring some steps to subclasses. Template method lets subclasses redefine certain steps of an algorithm without changing the algorithm’s structure.


In a template method, you define the minimum or essential structure of an algorithm. Then you defer some responsibilities to the subclasses. The key intent is that you can redefine certain steps of an algorithm, but those changes should not impact the basic flow of the algorithm.

So, this design pattern ...

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