I. Glossary of Terms
This section provides an overview of terminology used in this book. For more detailed information on these topics, see the index.
abstract class: A class that cannot be used to create objects but that may still be useful as a general pattern (in other words, interface) for other classes. An abstract class has at least one pure virtual function.
access level: The level—private, protected, or public—that determines who or what can access members of a given class. Public members are freely accessible outside the class (although references to such members have to be properly qualified). Private members are accessible within the class but never from outside, and protected members are accessible within the class and any derived ...