How to Use the Singleton Design Pattern in Programming


show more The Singleton design pattern is a programming approach to the problem of making sure you only ever have one object of a particular class at any time. The approach involves effectively hiding the object so that it appears to not exist until the first time it is called. On the second and subsequent times it's called, the object is returned with no need to create it again. Learn more in this online video "Example: the singleton pattern." show less
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Example: the singleton pattern

I'm going to go through two design patterns and illustrate them as simply as possible, one with code and one without. So you both see an implementation of one, and you get the general idea that this same Design Pattern could be done in multiple programming languages. But it's always the idea, the approach, that matters. Now first up is the Singleton Design Pattern and here's the problem it's designed to solve. We create a class, and we know the classes can be instantiated once or twice or a thousand times, but what if you only want one object of that class.

What if you want to restrict this. In fact, you need there to be only one object of this class? What if this one object needs to represent the currently running application or perhaps the current display and having more than one instantiated object just doesn't make sense and could even lead to problems with the application. There is actually quite a lot of situations where there should only be one object of a particular class....

Example: the singleton pattern
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The Singleton design pattern is a programming approach to the problem of making sure you only ever have one object of a particular class at any time. The approach involves effectively hiding the object so that it appears to not exist until the first time it is called. On the second and subsequent times it's called, the object is returned with no need to create it again. Learn more in this online video "Example: the singleton pattern."

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