dpvm7231 2019-03-08 21:38
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Came across the following differences a function implementations. What is the reasoning behind Example 1 returning a pointer and Example 2 returning an actual object?

type MyInterface interface {
    Func (param int) float64 //just random signature

//MyInterfaceImpl implements MyInterface
type MyInterfaceImpl struct {

//actual implementation 
func (myObj *MyInterfaceImpl) Func(param int) float64 {
    return float64(param)

Example 1: the pointer to the MyInterfaceImpl is returned when function returns an interface

func NewMyInterface() MyInterface {
    return &MyInterfaceImpl{}

Example 2: actual object of MyInterfaceImpl is returned when function returns the object

func NewMyInterfaceImpl() MyInterfaceImpl {
    return MyInterfaceImpl{}

UPDATE: This piece of code compiles and runs

func main() {
    myIf := NewMyInterface()
    fmt.Printf("Hi from inteface %f
", myIf.Func(1000))

    myImpl := NewMyInterfaceImpl()
    fmt.Printf("Hi from impl %f
", myImpl.Func(100))

UPDATE2: Question clarification.

This sounds weird (for me) to have a declaration of func NewMyInterface() MyInterface and a valid implementation of return &MyInterfaceImpl{} where a pointer is returned. I would expect to return an object of MyInterfaceImpl with return MyInterfaceImpl{}

If the language allows such types of constructs, there must be a reason for that. Eventually, I am looking for a following answer: "The function declaration returns an interface. Because the interface has a property X it is does not make sense to return an object, but the only valid option is a pointer".

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  • douzhong5902 2019-03-08 23:09

    Even though I'm not sure which part of the code the question is about, let me explain what the code does:

    MyInterface is implemented by anything having a Func(int)float64 method.
    *MyInterfaceImpl has such a method. However, MyInterfaceImpl does not (the method has a pointer receiver).

    NewMyInterface() thus has to return a pointer. MyInterfaceImpl{} wouldn't implement MyInterface.

    Does this answer your question?

    Another question might be why the call myImpl.Func(100) works, despite the above. This is because Go automatically takes the address of the receiver when calling its methods with pointer receivers.
    This is explained in more detail for example here.

    本回答被题主选为最佳回答 , 对您是否有帮助呢?



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