Interpreter Motivation


Remember that each design pattern allows one or more factors to change, so it’s important to first be aware of which factor is changing. Sometimes the end users of your application (rather than the programmers of that application) need complete flexibility in the way that they configure some aspect of the program. That is, they need to do some kind of simple programming. The Interpreter pattern provides this flexibility by adding a language interpreter.

The problem is that creating your own language and building an interpreter is a time-consuming distraction from the process of developing your application. You must ask whether you want to finish writing your application or make a new language. The best solution is to reuse code: embed an interpreter that’s already been built and debugged for you.

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