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The Sequential Initializer Pattern

The Sequential Initializer Pattern

This paper describes the Sequential Initializer Pattern, a creational design pattern for programming. Creational design patterns deal with the creation and initialization of objects. The Sequential Initializer Pattern provides a way to initialize an object by enforcing a series of function calls which are responsible for the initialization of the semantically different parts of the complex object. This improves readability and writeability and reduces the cognitive load of the programmer.

The benefits of this pattern are numerous. It enforces correct usage by the developer, as there is only one way to initialize an object which is additionally enforced by the compiler. It is readable in a way that the intent of each passed parameter for initialization becomes clear. Dependencies and semantic connections between the parameters can be modeled as desired. We show that applying this pattern overcomes many of the hurdles of initialization of complex objects for a programmer.

Author(s):Martin Eisemann, Anja Katharina Bertels, Dominik Deimel
Published:July 2022
Type:Article in conference proceedings
Book:Proc. European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (EuroPLoP)
Presented at:European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (EuroPLoP) 2022
Note:Featured in ACM Showcase / Kudos

  title = {The Sequential Initializer Pattern},
  author = {Eisemann, Martin and Bertels, Anja Katharina and Deimel, Dominik},
  booktitle = {Proc. European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (Euro{PL}oP)},
  doi = {},
  note = {Featured in {ACM} Showcase / Kudos},
  month = {Jul},
  year = {2022}


  • Anja Katharina Bertels

  • Dominik Deimel