This chapter introduced inheritance—the ability to create a class by absorbing an existing class’s data members and member functions and embellishing them with new capabilities. Through a series of examples using an employee inheritance hierarchy, you learned the notions of base classes and derived classes and used
public inheritance to create a derived class that inherits members from a base class. The chapter introduced the access specifier
protected—derived-class member functions can access
protected base-class members. You learned how to access redefined base-class members by qualifying their names with the base-class name and scope resolution operator (
::). You also saw the order in which constructors and destructors are called ...