All developers glue Apex code together from different sources. But it’s also a developer’s job to worry about dependencies. When we needed a way to implement loosely coupled integrations, Andrew Fawcett floated a possible solution:

The delivery of Callable in API 44.0 finally allows developers to address the “ripple effect” where modifying one class causes many downstream changes.

Streams uses the Callable interface so that developers and consultants from different companies can create services that communicate across namespaces.

abstract public class Service implements Callable
  abstract List<Map<String,Object>> execute(Object event);

  public Object call(String method, Map<String,Object> arguments)
    if (method == 'execute') {
      Map<String,Object> event = (Map<String,Object>)arguments.get('event');
      List<Map<String,Object>> events = this.execute(event);
      return events;
    throw new StringException('Method not implemented: ' + method);

Although¬†Type.forName¬†always supported casting to interfaces, somebody always had to be the master of a custom interface. Now it’s part of the platform.

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Last modified: 4th August 2019


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