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That flag argument is yelling at you

Sometimes the code yells at you trying to warn you that something is wrong.

Flag arguments are one of those cases. Adding a Boolean argument to condition the execution is an easy fix, but we are doing the wrong thing.

By adding a flag argument to a function, it's clear that we are ignoring the Single Responsibility Principle. The code is yelling at us, trying to explain that. No doubt.

Let's take a look. When a function has a flag argument, we will find something like this (or even worse) in the implementation:

Flag Argument

Wouldn't be better to have something like:

Flag Argument Refactor

When writing code, remember that the goal is to simplify our client's life.