Sage Modeling and Simulation Library

IVisitor Interface

Implemented by an object that can visit.

The purpose of the Visitor Pattern is to encapsulate an operation that you want to perform on the elements of a data structure. In this way, you can change the operation being performed on a structure without the need of changing the classes of the elements that you are operating on. Using a Visitor pattern allows you to decouple the classes for the data structure and the algorithms used upon them.

Each node in the data structure "accepts" a Visitor, which sends a message to the Visitor which includes the node's class. The visitor will then execute its algorithm for that element. This process is known as "Double Dispatching." The node makes a call to the Visitor, passing itself in, and the Visitor executes its algorithm on the node. In Double Dispatching, the call made depends upon the type of the Visitor and of the Host (data structure node), not just of one component.

Namespace:  Highpoint.Sage.SimCore
Assembly:  Sage4 (in Sage4.dll)


public interface IVisitor