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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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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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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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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Are trivial protected getters blatant overkill?

Something I really have not thought about before (AS3 syntax): private var m_obj:Object; protected function get obj():Object { return m_obj; } private var m_str:String; protected function get ...
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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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Is OO-programming really as important as hiring companies place it?

I am just finishing my masters degree (in computing) and applying for jobs. I've noticed many companies specifically ask for an understanding of object orientation. Popular interview questions are ...
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How does strengthening of pre conditions and weakening of post conditions violate Liskov Substitution principle?

I read that Liskov substitution principle is violated if : Pre conditions are strengthened . Post conditions are eased out. But I don't get fully yet how these two points would violate Liskov ...
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Alternative to “inheritance versus composition?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does this concept of “favor composition over inheritance” come from? I have colleagues at work who claim that "Inheritance is an anti-pattern" and want to use ...
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Is there a specific name for the “Square inherits from Rectangle” paradox?

A certain failure of OOP is shown with a class Square inheriting from Rectangle, where logically Square is a specialization of Rectangle and should therefore inherit from it, but everything falls ...
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How can designing for inheritance cause extra cost? [closed]

So I wanted to inherit from a sealed class in csharp and got burned. There is just no way to unseal it unless you have access to the source. Then it got me thinking "why sealed even exists?". 4 ...
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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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Is there any “real” reason multiple inheritance is hated?

I've always liked the idea of having multiple inheritance supported in a language. Most often though it's intentionally forgone, and the supposed "replacement" is interfaces. Interfaces simply do ...
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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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Which one subsumes the other: class-based object-orientation or prototypal inheritance?

In this talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQVTIJBZook, Douglas Crockford claims that class-based object-orientation can be represented in terms of prototypal inheritance. The construction he gives ...
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Why 'List<E>' is an 'interface' but not 'abstract class'?

While defining the hierarchy, one can think to embed the abstract method(behaviour) in abstract class only because the derive concrete class posses that as core behaviour with it's specific ...
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Best design for Windows forms that will share common functionality

In the past, I have used inheritance to allow the extension of Windows forms in my application. If all of my forms would have common controls, artwork, and functionality, I would create a base form ...
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Why is it good to split a program into multiple classes? [closed]

I'm still a student in high school (entering 10th grade), and I have yet to take an actual computer course in school. Everything I've done so far is through books. Those books have taught me concepts ...
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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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Inheritance vs mixins in dynamic languages?

When should you prefer inheritance patterns over mixins in dynamic languages? By mixins, I mean actual proper mixing in, as in inserting functions and data members into an object in runtime. When ...
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Why is subclassing too much bad (and hence why should we use prototypes to do away with it)?

I was reading up on design patterns, and I read that the prototype design pattern does away with excessive subclassing. Why is subclassing bad? What advantage would using a prototype bring about over ...
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Interface and Inheritance: Best of both worlds?

I 'discovered' interfaces and I started to love them. The beauty of an interface is that it is a contract, and any object that fulfills that contract can be used wherever that interface is required. ...
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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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Database Design for Inheritance

In my project I have an object Player (attr example: pl_id, pl_data1) that is one of these types: Its GoalKeeper (attr example: gk_data1) OR Defender (attr example: df_data1) OR Forward (attr ...
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What is the best way to use inheritance with ORMs?

If I have a People table and those people can be at different addresses, and each address can have more than one person, thats a many-to-many relationship. So, using ORMs like Entity Framework and ...
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Who decided on the terminology downcasting and upcasting?

As far as I know, the terminology comes from how the inheritance hierarchy is traditionally displayed, with the extending types at the bottom, and the parent types at the top. This is a bit ...
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Java without implementation inheritance

In a recent video on Java, Joshua Bloch states at 4 minutes 20 seconds into the video: And then there's inheritance, and that was a marketing necessity. You know, we can argue whether you really ...
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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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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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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 ...