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Aug 09, 2011


Abstract factory vs Factory Pattern

How does one differentiate Abstract Factory against Factory Method?
Thanks in advance.



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Aug 19, 2011
Abstract Factory is used to create a set of abstractions. 

You use the Factory Method to create and hide the creation of one object of a set of classes that implement the same interface.

In very simple terms: think about Abstract Factory like a set of several Factory Methods.

You use an Abstract Factory for something like this:

Software Abstraction Layer
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc304370.aspx