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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Name for the process of prototype evolution [closed]

I'm looking for a commonly used name for the process of developing a child object from a parent object, either through clone-and-modify techniques or through the prototypal inheritance mechanisms ...
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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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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. ...
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What is good practice when inheriting static classes isn't possible/allowed

I am developing a project in C# and due to a design decision it is not possible to have a static class inherit another static class. But I have, in my opinion, a case where this would make sense. I ...
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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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Refactoring classes with ref to themselves

How can I refactor this code? class Node { public Node Parent { get; set; } } class AVLNode { public AVLNode Parent { get; set; } } I tried to use inheritance, but then I have to use type ...
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Why does the use of interface-based programming appear to be limited to behaviour?

I have been doing a little thinking about inheritance vs. realization vs. composition. I am not about to post the whole detail here. So I was wondering, when we are not talking about creating ...
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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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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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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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How do you handle objects that need custom behavior, and need to exist as an entity in the database?

For a simple example, assume your application sends out notifications to users when various events happen. So in the database I might have the following tables: TABLE Event EventId ...
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Marking services for secure handling; Annotation or inheritance?

We have a lot of services, some that demand some security, some that don't. We want an easy way of telling, in code, if a service will be secure or not. What would be the better way: Annotation or ...
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One boilerplate class or many similar classes?

Lets say I'm trying to model a variety of objects that are virtually identical, the only difference being their class variables. Am I better off creating one boilerplate class and just calling the ...
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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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Will having ClassA extend ClassB slow down my runtime performance compared to having classC which contains all the members of ClassC?

I have a class with a lot of methods. I would like to group similar methods together in their own class, but all of the methods need to extend another class, ClassC. So I was thinking of having ...
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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 ...
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Representing the hierarchy of groups of numbers using type inheritance

I've run into an interesting conundrum while coding my own implementations for the basic sets of mathematical numbers (Natural, Integer, Rational, Irrational, Real, Complex). I'm doing this mostly for ...
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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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Code reuse via inheritance [duplicate]

I have a set of classes that are all dealing with some related tasks. These tasks do have different inputs and outputs. This causes it to become impossible to have the tasks done via shared code ...
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Inheritance vs composition in this example

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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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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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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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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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): ...