This pattern uses a central registry known as the "service locator", which on request returns the information necessary to perform a certain task.
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Pro Applications can optimize themselves on run-time
By selecting which items are in the service locator, applications can optimize themselves during run-time.
Con Very easy to use it incorrectly by coupling nearly all code with it
The wrong approach to Service Locator introduces an unnecessary dependency between the class and the container. It conceals what the dependencies really are as you have to check through the detail of the code to figure out what’s being resolved.
Con Hides class' dependencies, causing run-time errors instead of compile-time errors
Service Locator hides the class' dependencies, causing run-time errors instead of compile-time errors when dependencies are missing.