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November 11, 2023 at 8:41 am #1752adminKeymaster
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The separation of concerns between the `unload` function and the `unloader` function is a design choice that allows for a cleaner and more modular implementation. Here’s the reasoning behind it:
1. **Modularity and Abstraction:**
– `unload` serves as the public interface or entry point for the function that the main program calls. It signifies unloading the entire trie.
– `unloader` is a helper function, and it is only meant to be called internally by `unload`. It handles the actual recursive process of freeing nodes.
– `unloader` encapsulates the details of the recursive freeing process. The main program doesn’t need to know the specifics of how the trie is traversed and nodes are freed; it just calls `unload`.
– `unload` abstracts away the implementation details and provides a clean, high-level function for unloading the trie.
3. **Readability and Maintainability:**
– The separation of concerns makes the code more readable and easier to maintain. Each function has a clear and specific purpose.
– If you later need to modify the freeing process or if there are changes to the trie structure, you can focus on the `unloader` function without affecting the interface provided by `unload`.
Here’s how the flow works:
– The main program calls `unload`, passing in the global variable `root`.
– `unload` calls `unloader` with the root node, initiating the recursive process.
– `unloader` recursively traverses the trie, freeing nodes.
This separation of concerns and encapsulation make the code more modular, readable, and maintainable.
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