Immutable Data

Many of the data classes are partly or completely immutable.

“Immutable classes are easier to design,
  implement, and use than mutable classes.
  They are less prone to error...”
         -- Joshua Bloch, Effective Java

Immutable objects
  • Are simple. They have only one state.
  • Are inherently thread-safe; require no synchronization.
  • Can be shared freely--no need to make copies.
  • Make great building blocks for other objects.

class CodeName {

    private String code;
    private String name;

    public CodeName(String code, String name) {
        this.code = code;
        this.name = name;
    }

    public String getCode() {
        return code;
    }

    public String getName() {
        return name;
    }
}