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Lazy Loading pattern

 
Pho Tek
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Pattern

Instead of holding a reference to the real object, you manage an intermediary Reference instance.

Examples:-

a) Eclipse 3.2 API



b) OSGi R4 api



Does anybody know if there's a formal definition of this pattern somewhere ?
Or is it worthy to be called a pattern ?
 
Ilja Preuss
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"Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture" has a Lazy Load pattern included: http://www.developerdotstar.com/mag/bookreviews/joyce_PEAA.html

Don't have my copy at hand, so I can't tell how closely it fits your description.
 
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