Inheritance is a way to reuse code of existing objects, or to establish a subtype from an existing object, or both, depending upon programming language support.

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How are mixins or traits better than plain multiple inheritance?

C++ has plain multiple inheritance, many language designs forbid it as dangerous. But some languages like Ruby and PHP use strange syntax to do the same thing and call it mixins or traits. I heard ...
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Wrapping constructor arguments

Given a base class with around 25 or so subclasses, I have found that adding an argument to the base constructor is painful. protected AbstractController(Service1 s1, Service2 s2, Service3 s3){ ... } ...
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Subclass only have methods without variables

Is it ok to have subclass which does not declare its own variables (instance variables) and inherits from super class or base class? It has methods and there are some common methods which it overides ...
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Classic inheritance problem?

I keep seeing the following pattern when people learn about OOP: Problem: How do I put objects of different but related types into a container? Solution: Inherit from a common base class. New ...
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subclass reference to another subclass

Imagine I have the following code: class A: pass class B(A): pass class C(A): def __init__(self): self.b = B() Is the above code correct in terms of correct inheritance? I ...
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A vector of pointers to different derived classes of the same base class

I am writing a game in C++ which has different enemy types. I have defined a base Enemy class and I also have derived classes enemy1, enemy2 etc. Now for updating these enemies in each iteration of ...
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Adding new functionality to all of shelve.Shelf's subclasses in Python

In order to avoid the overhead associated with the shelve module's writeback option I'm interested in putting together a shelf class that only accepts hashable values, with hashability being a proxy ...
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Doctrine 2 and Concrete table inheritance

I use Doctrine 2 and I've read some articles on inheritance strategies' mapping with ORM. I've seen three main strategies : "Class table inheritance", "Concrete table inheritance" and "Single table ...
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Why is subclassing TraversableOnce not recommended

Reading http://www.scala-lang.org/api/2.11.1/index.html#scala.collection.TraversableOnce: Directly subclassing TraversableOnce is not recommended - instead, consider declaring an Iterator with a ...
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Code re-use in C++, via multiple inheritance or composition? Or…?

I originally asked this question on StackOverflow, but I was directed here, and I think my problem is perhaps as much conceptual as technical, so here goes. If you’re defining a hierarchy of abstract ...
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Public versus private inheritance when some of the parent's methods need to be exposed?

Public inheritance means that all fields from the base class retain their declared visibility, while private means that they are forced to 'private' within the derived class's scope. What should be ...
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Matching the superclass's constructor's parameter list, is treating a null default value as a non-null value within a constructor a violation of LSP? [duplicate]

I kind of ran into this when messing around with FlashPunk, and I'm going to use it as an example. Essentially the main sprite class is pretty much class Entity. Entity's constructor has four ...
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What alternative is better to diagram this scenario?

I was creating and discussing a class diagram with a partner of mine. To simplify things, I've modify the real domain we're working on and made up the following diagram: Basically, a company works ...
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How to maintain encapsulation with composition in C++?

I am designing a class Master that is composed from multiple other classes, A, Base, C and D. These four classes have absolutely no use outside of Master and are meant to split up its functionality ...
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Example of persisting an inheritance relationship using ORM

I have some experience with OOP and RDBs, but very little exposure to web programming. I am trying to understand what non-trivial types of problems are solved by ORM. Of course, I am familiar with the ...
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How to refactor my design, if it seems to require multiple inheritance?

Recently I made a question about Java classes implementing methods from two sources (kinda like multiple inheritance). However, it was pointed out that this sort of need may be a sign of a design ...
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Can an object call a method on it's immediate descendant? [closed]

I have an inheritance hierarchy three deep : an abstract base class, from which I derive another abstract class, call it the intermediate class, from which will derive possibly a large variety of ...
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overriding implemented base class methods

I read somewhere that the chain of inheritance breaks when you alter a behavior from derived class. What does "altering a behavior" mean here? Is overriding an already implemented method in base class ...
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Why is there no 'subclasses-only' access modifier in Java?

In Java, there are four available access modifiers for methods: public - any class can use this method. protected - classes in the same package and subclasses in any package can use this method. ...
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Is inheritance that adds rules bad? [duplicate]

I got into a debate on this question which distilled to if it is a good idea for a specialization of a class to add business rules. Unfortunately this point got trampled in the comments so I'm asking ...
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Why would Square inheriting from Rectangle be problematic if we override the SetWidth and SetHeight methods?

If a Square is a type of Rectangle, than why can't a Square inherit from a Rectangle? Or why is it a bad design? I have heard people say: If you made Square derive from Rectangle, then a Square ...
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Reusable and customizable charting library on top of d3js

I have started building a charting library on top of d3js using javascript's inheritance. My goal is to develop reusable and fully customizable chart components. I read the article: Towards Reusable ...
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Is it appropriate to use inheritance to prevent code duplication of the logic for a user control?

Suppose I have two or more UserControl implementations with vastly different implementations but near identical code-behind. One strategy to avoid code duplication is as follows: Change each ...
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Inheritance: Is code from superclass virtually *copied* to subclass, or is it *referred-to by subclass*?

Class Sub is a subclass of class Sup. What does that mean practically? Or in other words, what is the practical meaning of "inheritance"? Option 1: The code from Sup is virtually copied to Sub. (as ...
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Should I use inheritance or an interface?

So in a nutshell I have an abstract class : public abstract class Member { public string PCode { get; set; } public string Reference { get; set; } public DateTime? ElectedDate { get; set; } } And ...
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What is the process of determining which method in a class hierarchy should execute known as?

I thought I understood inheritance and polymorphism, but I was given this question, and I can't, for the life of me, figure out what the proper answer is or what they're trying to get at: The ...
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Testing abstract class' behavior

I'm currently refactoring an existing design, which was created without TDD. There is a class hierarchy with one abstract base class and two subclasses. In the original design, these classes were ...
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Inheritance vs 'specification' by fields

I'm currently reading 'Head first design patterns', and already the first chapter threw some questions towards me. This chapter introduces the 'prefer composition over inheritance' design principle, ...
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When is it suitable to use inheritance [duplicate]

I recently had a small "argument" about inheritance with a friend. I think people overuse it a lot. Intuition tells me that that the only good reason for class inheritance is polymorphism - when there ...
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subclass QAbstractTableModel - reuse as much code as possible

in my PyQt application I am heavily using the model/view approach. For every model I create, I do the following: class myModel(QtCore.QAbstractTableModel): def __init__(self, parent = None): ...
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Alternatives to inheritance on complex structures?

I'm working on an ASP.NET Webforms project, using the MVP Pattern (which the presenters as you may know use a Page Controller pattern). I'm given a rather complex inheritance chain for my controllers. ...
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Why are inheritance and interfaces restricted to instance members?

Disclaimer: I think the rules are almost the same in most OO languages, but since I'm most familiar with C# I'll be relating to this specific language. I think that the use of attributes and ...
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Why should one subclass instead of composite when using the Factory Method design pattern?

I'm currently learning about design patterns. I learned about the Factory Method pattern. This pattern means that in order to implement a factory to create objects, one should subclass the class that ...
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Should utility base classes be avoided

Knowing that C# doesn't support multiple inheritance, is it considered bad form to write a utility base class? Some initial thoughts: I could create an interface and a concretion, but then the ...
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Clarification about Polymorphism / Inheritance

I am trying to better my understanding of polymorphism. Say I have a base class called baseClass with one method called foo() and I have three derived classes called derived1 , derived2 and derived3 ...
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Concerning JavaScript prototype and the initial constructor function

I am going through a tutorial on OOP in JavaScript (javascriptissexy.com using OOP in JS: What you Need to know). The instructor is explaining the Constructor/Prototype pattern of object creation. I ...
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inheritance and static final variables

I'm a programing student. I've been having problem to organize Java classes that use inheritance and static final variables. Let say I have an abstract class named Form that has two children named ...
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Changing method signature for implementing classes in PHP

Is there any decent work around to PHP's lack of Generics that allow static code inspection to detect type consistency? I have an abstract class, that I want to sub-class and also enforce that one of ...
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Would it make sense to add parameters of an inferred type to inheritance?

I'll write this in PHP (where this thought originated), but this is generic to any object-orientated language. Basically, this is an addition to abstract classes that defines the implementation of its ...
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Can we say that Java or C# have unified inheritance trees?

Can we say that Java or C# are OO languages with a unified inheritance tree/unified type system? By unified inheritance tree/unified type system I mean that every class derives implicitly or ...
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Why is inheritance only defined at compile-time?

I found this statement from the gang of four's "Design Patterns" particularly odd; for some context, the authors are comparing inheritance versus composition as reuse mechanisms [p. 19]: "...you ...
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Refactor an old model of a LastUser Modification on every Object?

I have a software requirement, that needs to store the user that made the last modification to another object, for every object (assume that all objects are already mapped and into a BD). So we have ...
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How to understand codebase of complex opensource application [duplicate]

I'm trying to develop a new feature for open source application. But the existing application uses different APIs like Qt and KDE3. And more over the existing files are also very complexand depend on ...
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Using partially implemented interfaces

Consider the following hierarchy in C++ notation: class A { public: virtual void doStuff()=0; virtual void doOtherStuff()=0; }; class B:public A { public: ...
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block access to area/controller's methods but allow inherited controller to run methods, asp .net mvc5

I am trying to find out how to block a whole area/controller from being accessed by typing url website.com/area1/basecontroller/method1 (this area also contains the views that will be displayed) , ...
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Help with inheritance hierarchy design

I'm having trouble designing an inheritance hierarchy. In the figure: Base class: This uses the Template Method. Contains core logic/algorithm that calls virtual/abstract methods Derived ...
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Inheritance in test classes

I have an interface Serializer with methods serialize and isSerializerFor. I created a first implementation of this using TDD, and ended up with a nice clean test case fully covering a nice clean ...
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which pattern to use - if at all

I am fairly new to using patterns and although I understand some of them to a point I find it difficult to work out which one(s) to use in a particular situation. I am trying to wrap up an existing ...
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What are some examples of inverted classical inheritance? [closed]

Are there any examples of inheritance in languages where classes call their subclasses' methods rather than their super classes' methods? It should not behave like traditional inheritance like the ...
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Specific and generic behaviour for derived objects that client doesn't need to be aware of

We have a database with tables that use an inheritance hierarchy. An entity in the derived table will have an ID that matches an entity in the base table and so on through the hierarchy. We have ...