Are Static Methods an Anti-Pattern?


Is using the Static keyword on class members and methods an anti-pattern? I think so and hopefully this post will get you thinking about it. Primarily I see Static abused when programmers do not want to go through the work of instantiating a class. This is in circumstances in which instantiation is not strictly necessary. The problem with Static members is that they get in the way of approaches such as Inversion of Control and Test Driven development.