Chapter 7. Classes and Inheritance

Class Inheritance

Inheritance allows you to define a new class that incorporates and extends an already declared class.

  • You can use an existing class, called the base class, as the basis for a new class, called the derived class. The members of the derived class consist of the following:

    • The members in its own declaration

    • The members of the base class

  • To declare a derived class, you add a class-base specification after the class name. The class-base specification consists of a colon, followed by the name of the class to be used as the base class. The derived class is said to directly inherit from the base class listed.

  • A derived class is said to extend its base class, because it includes the members of the base class ...

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