Interfaces and Polymorphism – Object Oriented Programming

Introduction

I assume that as you got here on my blog, you have basic knowledge on Object Oriented Programming. You might already understand inheritance, and other principles behind Object Oriented Programming. Let us answer this question. What is the primary purpose of “Interfaces” in Object Oriented Programming?

So, let us discuss about Interfaces. How do you use it? Have you ever wondered on how is it being used? What’s the actual use of an interface?

Bad Code:

<?php
interface SomeInterface {
    public function methodA();
    public function methodB();
}

class SomeClass implements SomeInterface {
    // Will not work!.
}

Good Code:

<?php
interface SomeInterface {
    public function methodA();
    public function methodB();
}

class SomeClass implements SomeInterface {
    public function methodA() {
        // Implementation here
    }
    public function methodB() {
        // Implementation here
    }
}

We already know that when you implement an interface, the implementor class is required to implement the defined methods from the interface that the implementor class implements. So, what’s the good use for that?

Hello Polymorphism

Remember this topic of yours? Your professor in college might be discussing this topic, and you as a student feels sleepy and ask in your mind “what the heck is that polymorphism thing!?”.

I won’t blame you. You might be thinking that polymorphism is kind of useless, and in fact, you could develop a fully working project without even attempting of using it, and most regular developers I assume don’t even bother thinking of using it. (through yummy and delicious spaghetti code of yours, or any other anti-patterns you have in your hand, of course, who cares, it simply works though).

Multiple Implementation – The heart of Polymorphism

Let us visualize a very simple login system that connects to more than one endpoints: DB Login and API Login.

DB Login checks validity of user credential across a certain database, and API Login checks validity of user credential across another service.

To be continued…

Are you a College Developer, or a Professional Developer?

College Developer

  • Loves Challenge
  • Loves to write very very long code
  • Loves to write something is very complicated
  • Loves to write something that is very hard to understand, and feels genius about it.

Professional Developer

  • Loves challenge (probably)
  • Likes to write fewest lines of code
  • Likes to write simple and stupidly easy to read code
  • Likes to write something that is very very easy to understand. Something like his code is like a comment.
  • Feels ashamed when writing hard-to-understand code

A college developer can be a kind of a professional developer as a college student, and vice versa. This is how I somewhat categorize developers. I would say that this describes me. My past and present self. And I say that this college developer, is a kind of good student who excels in his class. And for professional developers out there, can you reflect how good or bad this “college” developer?

I don’t mean anything negative against college students out there. Ignorance is not bad. We all came from there. What I have in mind is that we should always strive to do the best practices.

We should not see coding as something that computer can understand. We should write something (codes I mean…), that a man could easily understand (An old quote somewhere…).

Computer could already understand what you are writing, given with a correct syntax.

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But a human can not easily understand this code…

Try writing this in your browser’s developer console. Don’t worry, it’s safe. I will not install funny malware or exploit your computer’s security though…

[Linux] add-apt-repository not found

I’ve experienced this problem on my Elementary OS setup in the middle of setting things up my working environment

sudo add-apt-repository <some repository>
Command add-apt-repository not found

Have you encountered this kind of problem? You want to add a ppa repository but the following command is not recognized by your linux distro. Try the following fix. This might work for you if you are using debian-based operating system including ubuntu.

sudo apt install software-properties-common

I’m using Elementary OS, and so far, this solution worked for me. Hope this works on your Linux distro 🙂

Reference: https://elementaryos.stackexchange.com/questions/7507/how-can-i-add-a-ppa-in-loki

What is SQL Injection

Are you a student? Simply copy the text below.

SQL injection is a code injection technique, used to attack data-driven applications, in which nefarious SQL statements are inserted into an entry field for execution.

(from wikipedia). Stop here. Don’t copy me, or everything after this paragraph. Don’t be a dummy kiddo.

Nonsense Intro

Are you a wannabe hacker? Probably you are, because if you are a hacker, then there’s no point of you to read this nonsensical blabber of mine.

Probably, you have a hacker friend, and you have always heard from him that one way of hacking into someone’s website is through SQL Injection. And now, we have a question. What is SQL Injection?

Defining SQL and Database

First, let us define what is SQL and introduce to you the use of it for us to understand more the topic. SQL stands for “Structured Query Language” and it is a language used to retrieve data from a database. Just imagine database is a storage medium where all the vital information of a certain website including user authentication, blog posts, personal infos, credit card info, or any other vital (and probably sensitive) information relevant to a certain kind of system.

WordPress as an Example of a System and How it is being Related from a Database

Systems such as WordPress that I am using now to relay my blabbers to all of you uses database to store this blog post that you are reading. Also, in order to prevent anyone from posting and pretend to be me, a login page is needed, and when I log-in to that login page, my inputs will be verified across the information stored from the database. If my username and password matches from my actual username and password stored in the database, then it must be me, and therefore, wordpress will allow me to do the admin things like creating a post like the one I’m writing here.

Uhm. So Gab, what is SQL Injection then?

I said a lot. Basically, SQL Injection is a type of code injection, wherein you inject a partial SQL syntax with a typical malicious intent.

Let’s take a look on this SQL Query:

$sQuery = "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM `users` WHERE `username` = '$username' AND `password` = '$password'";

As a legitimate user, I logged in on this website using the following credentials:

Username: GhabXPH
Password: SomeSecurePassword9123

The backend will generate a query like this:

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM users WHERE username= 'GhabXPH' AND password = 'SomeSecurePassword9123'

Given that my username is GhabXPH and my password is SomeSecurePassword9123, the query will return 1. The backend validation checks whether the query is not zero.

// some codes above ....
// This code checks whether the count from the query returns 0 or not
if ($iCount !== 0) {
    // credential is valid. log the user in!!!
} else {
    // Invalid credentials
}

But then, a naughty hacker attempts to login in my website using the following credentials:

Username: GhabXPH’;–
Password: YouAreOwnedHueHueHue

Since our query is deliberately insecure (no filters or does not use parametized query), then our query will then look like this:

SELECT * FROM `users` WHERE `username` = 'GhabXPH';--' AND `password` = 'YouAreOwnedHueHueHue';

What the query does is it finds a username = GhabXPH. The password check is rendered useless because the malicious hacker closed the string literal using single quote character, ends the line with a semicolon (;), and ignores the rest of the query using comment/double dash (–).

Since the query above is valid, it will pass the validation check ($iCount is not zero), and thus, logs the user in as GhabXPH.