Original post

Hi,

I want to access a struct’s methods (Service.DoThis/DoThat) from within another struct’s methods (Operator.OperateThis/OperateThat). This can be easily done by injecting Service into Operator which is what I am currently doing but I want to avoid it – see the dummy example below please. I simply don’t want to see Service struct in Operator. Is this possible? If so, what is the nicest/cleanest way?

Ideally, I don’t want to inject anything into Operator. However, I can live with injecting anything other than the Service. I looked into variables/types as functions but I couldn’t progress. The critical point here is that, the Service is instantiated once and I want to keep the reference of it.

Thanks

main.go

package main

import "log"

func main() {
	operator := &Operator{}
	StartService(operator)

	if err := operator.OperateThis(); err != nil {
		log.Fatalln(err)
	}

	if err := operator.OperateThat(); err != nil {
		log.Fatalln(err)
	}
}

connection.go

package main

type Connection struct {
	// ...
}
// ...

service.go

package main

type Service struct {
	connection *Connection
	// ...
}

func StartService(operator *Operator) {
	// ...
	operator.SetService(&Service{})
	// ...
}

func (s *Service) DoThis() error {
	s.obtainConnection()
	// ...
	return nil
}

func (s *Service) DoThat() error {
	s.obtainConnection()
	// ...
	return nil
}

// ...

func (s *Service) obtainConnection() {
	s.connection = &Connection{}
}

operator.go

package main

import "log"

type Operator struct {
	service *Service
}

func (o *Operator) SetService(service *Service) {
	o.service = service
}

func (o *Operator) OperateThis() error {
	if err := o.service.DoThis(); err != nil {
		log.Fatalln(err)
	}

	log.Println("operated this")
	return nil
}

func (o *Operator) OperateThat() error {
	if err := o.service.DoThat(); err != nil {
		log.Fatalln(err)
	}

	log.Println("operated that")
	return nil
}