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Will BriggsC++ for Lazy Programmershttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5187-4_19

19. Inheritance

Will Briggs
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Lynchburg, VA, USA
 
The purpose of this chapter is to enable us to reuse code between similar classes.

The basics of inheritance

There’s an unwritten rule that in a C++ intro text you must have an example using employee records, so here’s mine (Example 19-1). It makes sense. I personally can’t think of anything more exciting than employee records.
//Class Employee
//      -- from _C++ for Lazy Programmers_
#ifndef EMPLOYEE_H
#define EMPLOYEE_H
#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include "date.h"
class Employee
{
public:
    Employee () {}
    Employee (const Employee&) = delete;
    Employee (const std::string& theFirstName,
              const ...

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