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Where does this concept of “favor composition over inheritance” come from?

In the last few months, the mantra "favor composition over inheritance" seems to have sprung up out of nowhere and become almost some sort of meme within the programming community. And every time I ...
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Why should I prefer composition over inheritance?

I always read that composition is to be preferred over inheritance. A blog post on unlike minds, for example, advocates using composition over inheritance, but I can't see how polymorphism is ...
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Code Smell: Inheritance Abuse [duplicate]

It's been generally accepted in the OO community that one should "favor composition over inheritance". On the other hand, inheritance does provide both polymorphism and a straightforward, terse way of ...
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Composition vs. Inheritance [duplicate]

Here's what is given: public interface Request {} // there are 20 subclasses of Request public class CreateUserRequest implements Request { @NotEmpty public String userName; } // request ...
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How do inheritance and composition differ?

I'm wondering about the differences between inheritance and composition examined with concrete code relevant arguments. In particular my example was: Inheritance: class Do: def do(self): ...
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OOP - Composition, Components and Composites Example?

I've been reading a bit about OOP in relation to Composition, Components and Composites. I believe I understand the fundamental principle (not sure). Can someone please provide a code example of a ...
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How do we know to favour composition over generalisation is always the right choice?

Whether an object physically exists or not, we can choose to model it in different ways. We could arbitarily use generalisation or composition in many cases. However, the GoF principle of "favour ...
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Why is inheritance generally viewed as a bad thing by OOP proponents [duplicate]

I keep hearing the phrase "Favour Composition over Inheritance" from GoF which is being annoyingly mentioned repeatedly by my friend who thinks it is a valid blanket statement but is it not more ...
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Inheritance using non-abstract base class

This post is based on the question http://stackoverflow.com/questions/49002/prefer-composition-over-inheritance/11758048#comment15634305_11758048. Some people said - check whether there is “is-a” ...
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How to use the Decorator pattern to add little functionality to big objects?

This question regards the usage of the Decorator pattern to add little functionality to objects of large classes. Following the classic Decorator pattern, please consider the following class ...
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What is the correct OOP relation between complex and real numbers?

On one hand class complex { double real; double imaginary; } it is composition on the other hand class complex : double { double imaginary; } it is inheritance Which one is ...
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Are nested private classes considered composition?

Background I am considering a design that includes a public API class containing many nested private classes. I am doing this for the following reasons: Why private nesting? They will have no use ...
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Inheritance versus Composition in a business application

I have a training management and tracking system, with a high level structure as follows: We have a Role1, e.g. Manager, Shift-boss, miner, etc. and a Candidate, training for that Role. The role has ...