Replace Parameter with Method

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Refactoring Martin Fowler 1999 states that: "If a method can get a value that is passed in as a parameter by another means, it should."

In some cases, this could lead to a violation of Tell, don't ask. This would occur where these method calls are occurring between different classes rather than within one class.


An object invokes a method, then passes the result as a parameter for a method. The receiver can also invoke this method. So the best idea is to remove the parameter and let the receiver invoke the method.

int basePrice = quantity * itemPrice;
discountLevel = getDiscountLevel();
double finalPrice = discountedPrice(basePrice, discountLevel);

Above we have some code, but lets remove the discountLevel parameter from discountedPrice(basePrice, discountLevel). Now we have:

int basePrice = quantity * itemPrice;
double finalPrice = discountedPrice(basePrice);

The discountedPrice(basePrice) method now looks like:

    int discountLevel = getDiscountLevel();
    //does calculation type stuff here
    return discountedPrice;

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