Observer Pattern

Observer pattern uses three actor classes. Subject, Observer and Client. Subject is an object having methods to attach and detach observers to a client object. We have created an abstract class Observer and a concrete class Subject that is extending class Observer.

ObserverPatternDemo, our demo class, will use Subject and concrete class object to show observer pattern in action.

Observer Pattern UML Diagram

Step 1

Create Subject class.

Subject.java

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class Subject {
	
   private List<Observer> observers = new ArrayList<Observer>();
   private int state;

   public int getState() {
      return state;
   }

   public void setState(int state) {
      this.state = state;
      notifyAllObservers();
   }

   public void attach(Observer observer){
      observers.add(observer);		
   }

   public void notifyAllObservers(){
      for (Observer observer : observers) {
         observer.update();
      }
   } 	
}

Step 2

Create Observer class.

Observer.java

public abstract class Observer {
   protected Subject subject;
   public abstract void update();
}

Step 3

Create concrete observer classes

BinaryObserver.java

public class BinaryObserver extends Observer{

   public BinaryObserver(Subject subject){
      this.subject = subject;
      this.subject.attach(this);
   }

   @Override
   public void update() {
      System.out.println( "Binary String: " + Integer.toBinaryString( subject.getState() ) ); 
   }
}

OctalObserver.java

public class OctalObserver extends Observer{

   public OctalObserver(Subject subject){
      this.subject = subject;
      this.subject.attach(this);
   }

   @Override
   public void update() {
     System.out.println( "Octal String: " + Integer.toOctalString( subject.getState() ) ); 
   }
}

HexaObserver.java

public class HexaObserver extends Observer{

   public HexaObserver(Subject subject){
      this.subject = subject;
      this.subject.attach(this);
   }

   @Override
   public void update() {
      System.out.println( "Hex String: " + Integer.toHexString( subject.getState() ).toUpperCase() ); 
   }
}

Step 4

Use Subject and concrete observer objects.

ObserverPatternDemo.java

public class ObserverPatternDemo {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      Subject subject = new Subject();

      new HexaObserver(subject);
      new OctalObserver(subject);
      new BinaryObserver(subject);

      System.out.println("First state change: 15");	
      subject.setState(15);
      System.out.println("Second state change: 10");	
      subject.setState(10);
   }
}

Step 5

Verify the output.

First state change: 15
Hex String: F
Octal String: 17
Binary String: 1111
Second state change: 10
Hex String: A
Octal String: 12
Binary String: 1010