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What does the construct f[x_] := f[x] = … mean?

This question mentions "x := x = trickery". What does defining a function as f[x_] := f[x] = ... do and what is it good for?
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Struct equivalent in Mathematica?

I really miss having something like a struct in Mathematica. I know of (and regularly use) a couple of programming techniques which feel like a ...
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Can one identify the design patterns of Mathematica?

... or are they unnecessary in such a high-level language? I've been thinking about programming style, coding standards and the like quite a bit lately, the result of my current work on a mixed ...
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How can one define a custom data object?

In Mathematica there are different objects like InterpolatingFunction or SparseArray? How can I define a custom data object with ...
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Code Readability and Object-Oriented Code

The basic problem I have been running into is making readable code, where in other languages I am more familiar with I might have been using class or struct like objects. For example, you can imagine ...
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Do “objects” in Mathematica have to be declared?

A while ago I learned a trick which allows one to imitate object-oriented programming in MMA using SubValues: ...
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How can I implement object oriented programming in Mathematica?

Roman Maeder's object oriented programming package is nice, but I'm hoping someone can suggest a sleek and novel implementation that is easy to use.