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Builder

Builder in TypeScript

Builder is a creational design pattern, which allows constructing complex objects step by step.

Unlike other creational patterns, Builder doesn’t require products to have a common interface. That makes it possible to produce different products using the same construction process.

Usage of the pattern in TypeScript

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Popularity:

Usage examples: The Builder pattern is a well-known pattern in TypeScript world. It’s especially useful when you need to create an object with lots of possible configuration options.

Identification: The Builder pattern can be recognized in a class, which has a single creation method and several methods to configure the resulting object. Builder methods often support chaining (for example, someBuilder.setValueA(1).setValueB(2).create()).

Conceptual Example

This example illustrates the structure of the Builder design pattern and focuses on the following questions:

  • What classes does it consist of?
  • What roles do these classes play?
  • In what way the elements of the pattern are related?

index.ts: Conceptual example

/**
 * The Builder interface specifies methods for creating the different parts of
 * the Product objects.
 */
interface Builder {
    producePartA(): void;
    producePartB(): void;
    producePartC(): void;
}

/**
 * The Concrete Builder classes follow the Builder interface and provide
 * specific implementations of the building steps. Your program may have several
 * variations of Builders, implemented differently.
 */
class ConcreteBuilder1 implements Builder {
    private product: Product1;

    /**
     * A fresh builder instance should contain a blank product object, which is
     * used in further assembly.
     */
    constructor() {
        this.reset();
    }

    public reset(): void {
        this.product = new Product1();
    }

    /**
     * All production steps work with the same product instance.
     */
    public producePartA(): void {
        this.product.parts.push('PartA1');
    }

    public producePartB(): void {
        this.product.parts.push('PartB1');
    }

    public producePartC(): void {
        this.product.parts.push('PartC1');
    }

    /**
     * Concrete Builders are supposed to provide their own methods for
     * retrieving results. That's because various types of builders may create
     * entirely different products that don't follow the same interface.
     * Therefore, such methods cannot be declared in the base Builder interface
     * (at least in a statically typed programming language).
     *
     * Usually, after returning the end result to the client, a builder instance
     * is expected to be ready to start producing another product. That's why
     * it's a usual practice to call the reset method at the end of the
     * `getProduct` method body. However, this behavior is not mandatory, and
     * you can make your builders wait for an explicit reset call from the
     * client code before disposing of the previous result.
     */
    public getProduct(): Product1 {
        const result = this.product;
        this.reset();
        return result;
    }
}

/**
 * It makes sense to use the Builder pattern only when your products are quite
 * complex and require extensive configuration.
 *
 * Unlike in other creational patterns, different concrete builders can produce
 * unrelated products. In other words, results of various builders may not
 * always follow the same interface.
 */
class Product1 {
    public parts: string[] = [];

    public listParts(): void {
        console.log(`Product parts: ${this.parts.join(', ')}\n`);
    }
}

/**
 * The Director is only responsible for executing the building steps in a
 * particular sequence. It is helpful when producing products according to a
 * specific order or configuration. Strictly speaking, the Director class is
 * optional, since the client can control builders directly.
 */
class Director {
    private builder: Builder;

    /**
     * The Director works with any builder instance that the client code passes
     * to it. This way, the client code may alter the final type of the newly
     * assembled product.
     */
    public setBuilder(builder: Builder): void {
        this.builder = builder;
    }

    /**
     * The Director can construct several product variations using the same
     * building steps.
     */
    public buildMinimalViableProduct(): void {
        this.builder.producePartA();
    }

    public buildFullFeaturedProduct(): void {
        this.builder.producePartA();
        this.builder.producePartB();
        this.builder.producePartC();
    }
}

/**
 * The client code creates a builder object, passes it to the director and then
 * initiates the construction process. The end result is retrieved from the
 * builder object.
 */
function clientCode(director: Director) {
    const builder = new ConcreteBuilder1();
    director.setBuilder(builder);

    console.log('Standard basic product:');
    director.buildMinimalViableProduct();
    builder.getProduct().listParts();

    console.log('Standard full featured product:');
    director.buildFullFeaturedProduct();
    builder.getProduct().listParts();

    // Remember, the Builder pattern can be used without a Director class.
    console.log('Custom product:');
    builder.producePartA();
    builder.producePartC();
    builder.getProduct().listParts();
}

const director = new Director();
clientCode(director);

Output.txt: Execution result

Standard basic product:
Product parts: PartA1

Standard full featured product:
Product parts: PartA1, PartB1, PartC1

Custom product:
Product parts: PartA1, PartC1

Builder in Other Languages

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