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Abstract factory vs Factory Pattern

How does one differentiate Abstract Factory against Factory Method?
Thanks in advance.
Prasanth M, Aug 09, 2011
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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

Danut Prisacau, Aug 19, 2011

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