abstract base class

A class that defines the requirements and behavior of descendant classes by specifying methods and variables. An abstract base class does not support the creation of instances.

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class, descendant class, method, variable

Contrast with



A technique that reduces duplication of program code. Abstraction provides a framework for related classes in an object-oriented system.

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class, object-oriented programming

aggregate function

A function that performs a calculation over a set of data rows. For example, SUM calculates the sum of values of a specified numeric field over a set of data rows. Examples of aggregate functions include AVERAGE, COUNT, MAX, MIN, and SUM.

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