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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Rails - to use STI or not…that is the question

Six months ago, I asked a question about modeling data for my app, and received some advice pointing me towards STI (see Rails data model - best practices question for the details). I played around ...
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Determining a class structure

I'm currently in the early stages of designing an e-commerce application. I'm working out some designs for my classes which have so far been fairly straightforward, but I've run into something of a ...
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Is doing Parent.call from the child object a right way to implement Inheritance in JavaScript?

I came across this piece of code it didnt look that right to me. Is it the right way to implement SUPER in javascript. if not what is the right way? function Person(name){ this.name = name; } ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Deriving from a class only to provide a special constructor

In our codebase, I encountered the following construct: There is a base class B, and then there is a class D which derives from B, but does not override or add any members. In fact, D is completely ...
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shall a vector2 extends a vector3 or is it the opposite?

Perhaps the question might be tied to a theoritical or mathematical forum, but since it is for programming purpose, i ask here first: In a computer vision context, i write a couple of interfaces ...
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Implements > extends, but what about variables?

It's preferable to write programs that depend on interfaces rather than on superclasses, but what when you want a class to have certain variables? Sometimes you want a class to implement a certain ...
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Should I declare the most specific type as return type of method?

Sorry for my English In Android I can put only ArrayList of Parcelable objects in Intent: Intent putParcelableArrayListExtra(String name, ArrayList<? extends Parcelable> value); I can't put ...
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UML Class Diagram: How can I represent “orthogonal” generalizations (or multi-inheritence)?

I try to represent in a UML Class Diagram the following object and features: The Object: A System (e.g. an electronic device) that can be of Type A, B or C If the System is of type A, it has a ...
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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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Does non-virtual-by-default lead us to composition-over-inheritance?

There are some design guidelines about testable code in “The Art of Unit Testing”. The first one is “Make methods virtual by default”. I’m curious to know your idea about non-virtual-by-default ...
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How to avoid redundant code in designing inheritance in C++

Say I have a Base class called Car and it has 3 derived classes say Ford, Honda and Audi. The issue is, all three derived classes have exactly same code but minor difference in calling member ...
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The Better Parts and Delegation: Is Crockford Too Extreme?

Douglas Crockford has recently been giving a talk called The Better Parts. The gist of the talk is that JavaScript developers should actually avoid a superset of the The Bad Parts, which now includes ...
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Java: how can I make the return type, of an inherited method in a subclass, the same as the subclass?

I am rather inexperience in Java, and I'm having a problem in forming a subclass of a class I have created. The class I have made, called Vector2D, contains methods, such as add(Vector2D addend), that ...
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Implementation of instance testing in Java, C++, C#

For curiosity purposes as well as understanding what they entail in a program, I'm curious as to how instance testing (instanceof/is/using dynamic_cast in c++) works. I've tried to google it ...
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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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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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Python — when should a class have-a rather than be-a?

This is related to "Extends is evil" vs. OCP? but separate because the idea of "implement the interface" doesn't exist in Python. I'm writing a class to pull some data off a webpage. It's ...
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What are the reasons to create UIView subclass?

I've noticed that there are a lot of UIView subclasses in my legacy project. Mostly the only reason of such a subclass is to split bigger view into custom subviews and provide layout for its subviews ...
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Explanation of the definition of interface inheritance as described in GoF book

I am reading the first chapter of the Gof book. Section 1.6 discusses about class vs interface inheritance: Class versus Interface Inheritance It's important to understand the difference between ...
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How to share common methods if objects have different roles?

If 2 classes have the following in common: part of how their state is represented (both have a linear container) multiple identical methods (identical code, not just signature) But are not ...
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Is table inheritance the wrong approach

If we take the two below entities as en example. public class Person { public string Username {get;set;} public string DisplayName {get;set;} } public class Worker:Person { public string ...
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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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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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Extend the API or use the same name as a class in the API?

I have been running into this problem more and more: I am not happy with the current API, and end up making my own class that does what I wish the API did; however, I don't extend the 'super class' as ...
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Does hierarchial inheritance belong to the past? [closed]

Recently it came to my attention that hierarchical inheritance may be a relic of thinking of classes as "structs with functions" rather than a product contract-driven mentality. Consider, as a simple ...
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Is there an alternative to instanceof when filtering a Java stream by class?

I have an unexpected situation in a project in which all types extending one class are packed into a Java collection; but only a specific extension of that class contains an additional method. Let's ...
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Inheritance, Composition and Protocols

I'm reading a book on general object oriented concepts to try and gain a solid understanding of everything. One thing that is throwing me off is the difference between Inheritance and Composition. I ...
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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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What principle of OOAD is this pattern breaking?

I'm trying to make a case for not putting the structure in the parent BaseModule class I've shown below. I'm more for a Strategy Pattern, and minimizing inheritance in favor of has-a relationships, ...
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REST API wrapper - class design for 'lite' object responses

I am writing a class library to serve as a managed .NET wrapper over a REST API. I'm very new to OOP, and this task is an ideal opportunity for me to learn some OOP concepts in a real-life situation ...
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Would this be considered a plugin or template type architecture?

I would like to build a system that basically offers the option to make various APIs interchangeable for usage to the end user. For example, the person using the software would have the option 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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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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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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Inherit one instance variable from the global scope

I'm using Curses to create a command line GUI with Ruby. Everything's going well, but I have hit a slight snag. I don't think Curses knowledge (esoteric to be fair) is required to answer this ...
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Internal exposure of implementation details on inheritance

I'm reading the "Effective Java" book which suggests to favor composition over inheritance. The example it gives shows something like this: public class InstrumentedHashSet<E> extends ...
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Class table inheritance… To 'type' or not to 'type'

I currently have a database that uses Class table inheritance model. Three different tables inherit from this table. The child tables have all a FK to the parent table and the fields are properly ...
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Compose nested EventEmitters elegantly

I am developing a server-side JavaScript tool, and trying to do so in a modular way. I have a Parser class that is an EventEmitter - you call parse and it will eventually emit data and end events. It ...
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How does one enforce the implementation of a static method? [duplicate]

Of course the answer to the question above is, "you can't". But I didn't have a better way of describing what I'm looking for. If I did, I wouldn't be asking this question. My problem stems from a C# ...
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Can/should objects share methods in certain circumstances?

I am currently working on a web application that is supposed to resemble an operating system with GUI (it manages processes and windows). I have several constructors which deal with different aspects ...
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Should I use composition or inheritance for sharing configuration items?

I'm working on a fairly new project where I'd like to share some config items used by a JavaScript plugin. Specifically, the project is using jQuery dataTables and I want to find a good way of sharing ...
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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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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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Inheritance and constricted referencing

Let's say I have BaseA and BaseB classes. BaseB can have to several references of BaseA instances. Now, we have two other classes, DerivedA and DerivedB that respectively inherit from BaseA and BaseB. ...