Decorator Pattern Example

The following Java example illustrates the use of decorators using the window/scrolling scenario.

// the Window interface
interface Window {
    public void draw(); // draws the Window
    public String getDescription(); // returns a description of the Window
}
 
 
// implementation of a simple Window without any scrollbars
class SimpleWindow implements Window {
    public void draw() {
        // draw window
    }
 
    public String getDescription() {
        return "simple window";
    }
}

The following classes contain the decorators for all Window classes, including the decorator classes themselves..

// abstract decorator class - note that it implements Window
abstract class WindowDecorator implements Window {
    protected Window decoratedWindow; // the Window being decorated
 
    public WindowDecorator (Window decoratedWindow) {
        this.decoratedWindow = decoratedWindow;
    }
}
 
 
// the first concrete decorator which adds vertical scrollbar functionality
class VerticalScrollBarDecorator extends WindowDecorator {
    public VerticalScrollBarDecorator (Window decoratedWindow) {
        super(decoratedWindow);
    }
 
    public void draw() {
        drawVerticalScrollBar();
        decoratedWindow.draw();
    }
 
    private void drawVerticalScrollBar() {
        // draw the vertical scrollbar
    }
 
    public String getDescription() {
        return decoratedWindow.getDescription() + ", including vertical scrollbars";
    }
}
 
 
// the second concrete decorator which adds horizontal scrollbar functionality
class HorizontalScrollBarDecorator extends WindowDecorator {
    public HorizontalScrollBarDecorator (Window decoratedWindow) {
        super(decoratedWindow);
    }
 
    public void draw() {
        drawHorizontalScrollBar();
        decoratedWindow.draw();
    }
 
    private void drawHorizontalScrollBar() {
        // draw the horizontal scrollbar
    }
 
    public String getDescription() {
        return decoratedWindow.getDescription() + ", including horizontal scrollbars";
    }
}

Here's a test program that creates a Window instance which is fully decorated (i.e., with vertical and horizontal scrollbars), and prints its description:

public class DecoratedWindowTest {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // create a decorated Window with horizontal and vertical scrollbars
        Window decoratedWindow = new HorizontalScrollBarDecorator (
                new VerticalScrollBarDecorator(new SimpleWindow()));
 
        // print the Window's description
        System.out.println(decoratedWindow.getDescription());
    }
}

The output of this program is "simple window, including vertical scrollbars, including horizontal scrollbars". Notice how the getDescription method of the two decorators first retrieve the decoratedWindow's description and decorates it with a suffix.

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