composite pattern

royjayd used Ask the Experts™
Can someone give me a simple example of composite pattern in laymans terms and why we shuold be using it.

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Check out this site. It has alot of information on composite patterns. 


no pointing to websites please. i want something in laymans terms with a very simple example.
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Use the Composite pattern when you want to deal with a single object the same way you deal with multiple objects
for example think of a Shape, could be a circle, or a square, or it could be (composed of) a collection of shapes. The Composite pattern lets you deal with a collection of shapes the same way you deal with an individual shape

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