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Inheritance is a way to reuse code of existing objects, or to establish a subtype from an existing object, or both, depending upon programming language support.

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Why should I prefer composition over inheritance?

I always read that composition is to be preferred over inheritance. A blog post on unlike kinds, for example, advocates using composition over inheritance, but I can't see how polymorphism is achieved....
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Where does this concept of “favor composition over inheritance” come from?

In the last few months, the mantra "favor composition over inheritance" seems to have sprung up out of nowhere and become almost some sort of meme within the programming community. And every time I ...
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When to use abstract classes instead of interfaces with extension methods in C#?

"Abstract class" and "interface" are similar concepts, with interface being the more abstract of the two. One differentiating factor is that abstract classes provide method implementations for derived ...
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Are trivial protected getters blatant overkill?

Something I really have not thought about before (AS3 syntax): private var m_obj:Object; protected function get obj():Object { return m_obj; } private var m_str:String; protected function get ...
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Why would Square inheriting from Rectangle be problematic if we override the SetWidth and SetHeight methods?

If a Square is a type of Rectangle, than why can't a Square inherit from a Rectangle? Or why is it a bad design? I have heard people say: If you made Square derive from Rectangle, then a Square ...
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Code Smell: Inheritance Abuse [duplicate]

It's been generally accepted in the OO community that one should "favor composition over inheritance". On the other hand, inheritance does provide both polymorphism and a straightforward, terse way of ...
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How does strengthening of preconditions and weakening of postconditions violate Liskov substitution principle?

I read that Liskov's substitution principle is violated if : Preconditions are strengthened, or Postconditions are weakened But I don't get fully yet how these two points would violate Liskov ...
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Is there a specific name for the “Square inherits from Rectangle” paradox?

A certain failure of OOP is shown with a class Square inheriting from Rectangle, where logically Square is a specialization of Rectangle and should therefore inherit from it, but everything falls ...
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Is it okay to have objects that cast themselves, even if it pollutes the API of their subclasses?

I have a base class, Base. It has two subclasses, Sub1 and Sub2. Each subclass has some additional methods. For example, Sub1 has Sandwich makeASandwich(Ingredients... ingredients), and Sub2 has ...
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How to verify the Liskov substitution principle in an inheritance hierarchy?

Inspired by this answer: Liskov Substitution Principle requires that Preconditions cannot be strengthened in a subtype. Postconditions cannot be weakened in a subtype. Invariants of ...
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How can designing for inheritance cause extra cost? [closed]

So I wanted to inherit from a sealed class in csharp and got burned. There is just no way to unseal it unless you have access to the source. Then it got me thinking "why sealed even exists?". 4 ...
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Why is inheritance generally viewed as a bad thing by OOP proponents [duplicate]

I keep hearing the phrase "Favour Composition over Inheritance" from GoF which is being annoyingly mentioned repeatedly by my friend who thinks it is a valid blanket statement but is it not more ...
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Inheritance vs mixins in dynamic languages?

When should you prefer inheritance patterns over mixins in dynamic languages? By mixins, I mean actual proper mixing in, as in inserting functions and data members into an object in runtime. When ...
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Alternative to “inheritance versus composition?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does this concept of “favor composition over inheritance” come from? I have colleagues at work who claim that "Inheritance is an anti-pattern" and want to use ...
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Interface and Inheritance: Best of both worlds?

I 'discovered' interfaces and I started to love them. The beauty of an interface is that it is a contract, and any object that fulfills that contract can be used wherever that interface is required. ...
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Is inheritance that adds rules bad? [duplicate]

I got into a debate on this question which distilled to if it is a good idea for a specialization of a class to add business rules. Unfortunately this point got trampled in the comments so I'm asking ...
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Explanation of the definition of interface inheritance as described in GoF book

I am reading the first chapter of the Gof book. Section 1.6 discusses about class vs interface inheritance: Class versus Interface Inheritance It's important to understand the difference between ...
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Which one subsumes the other: class-based object-orientation or prototypal inheritance?

In this talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQVTIJBZook, Douglas Crockford claims that class-based object-orientation can be represented in terms of prototypal inheritance. The construction he gives ...
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LSP vs OCP / Liskov Substitution VS Open Close

I am trying to understand the SOLID principles of OOP and I've come to the conclusion that LSP and OCP have some similarities (if not to say more). the open/closed principle states "software ...
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Is there any “real” reason multiple inheritance is hated?

I've always liked the idea of having multiple inheritance supported in a language. Most often though it's intentionally forgone, and the supposed "replacement" is interfaces. Interfaces simply do ...
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Is “composition over inheritance” violating “dry principle”?

For example, consider I have a class for other classes to extend: public class LoginPage { public String userId; public String session; public boolean checkSessionValid() { } } and ...
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Are there any OO languages without inheritance?

During a code review today, a colleague of mine said something interesting: prototype is only useful when you need inheritance - and when's inheritance ever a good idea? I thought about this and I ...
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Why 'List<E>' is an 'interface' but not 'abstract class'?

Amidst defining the hierarchy, firstly, one can think to embed the abstract method(behavior) in abstract class only because the derive concrete class possess that behavior as core behavior with it's ...
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Composition vs. Inheritance [duplicate]

Here's what is given: public interface Request {} // there are 20 subclasses of Request public class CreateUserRequest implements Request { @NotEmpty public String userName; } // request ...
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Expressing interface inheritance in natural language [duplicate]

In object-oriented programming, when you extend a class you establish an is-a relationship between a new subtype and its parent(s), i.e. B is an A (aka code inheritance). When you compose a class with ...
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Why is it good to split a program into multiple classes? [closed]

I'm still a student in high school (entering 10th grade), and I have yet to take an actual computer course in school. Everything I've done so far is through books. Those books have taught me concepts ...
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Is OO-programming really as important as hiring companies place it? [closed]

I am just finishing my masters degree (in computing) and applying for jobs. I've noticed many companies specifically ask for an understanding of object orientation. Popular interview questions are ...
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How are mixins or traits better than plain multiple inheritance?

C++ has plain multiple inheritance, many language designs forbid it as dangerous. But some languages like Ruby and PHP use strange syntax to do the same thing and call it mixins or traits. I heard ...
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Is it good practice to inherit from generic types?

Is it better to use List<string> in type annotations or StringList where StringList class StringList : List<String> { /* no further code!*/ } I ran into several of these in Irony.
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Best design for Windows forms that will share common functionality

In the past, I have used inheritance to allow the extension of Windows forms in my application. If all of my forms would have common controls, artwork, and functionality, I would create a base form ...
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Are abstract classes / methods obsolete?

I used to create a lot of abstract classes / methods. Then I started using interfaces. Now I am not sure if interfaces aren't making abstract classes obsolete. You need a fully abstract class? ...
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Why is subclassing too much bad (and hence why should we use prototypes to do away with it)?

I was reading up on design patterns, and I read that the prototype design pattern does away with excessive subclassing. Why is subclassing bad? What advantage would using a prototype bring about over ...
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How do we know to favour composition over generalisation is always the right choice?

Whether an object physically exists or not, we can choose to model it in different ways. We could arbitarily use generalisation or composition in many cases. However, the GoF principle of "favour ...
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Composition over inheritance but

I'm trying to teach myself software engineering and coming up against some conflicting information which is confusing me. I've been learning OOP and what abstract classes / Interfaces are and how to ...
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Correct way to extend a hierarchy tree

I have the following tree currently to be implemented in Java. My problems are the following: How can I go about addressing the fact Admin needs to have all tier 4 logic from both branches of the ...
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Inheritance using non-abstract base class

This post is based on the question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/49002/prefer-composition-over-inheritance/11758048#comment15634305_11758048. Some people said - check whether there is “is-a” ...
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Why is it bad to have one mechanism for inheritance and subtyping?

It is quite well-known that (class) inheritance and subtyping (sometimes called interface inheritance) are different things: inheritance is a mechanism for sharing code, while subtyping is a ...
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Real-world scenarios for protected methods

Today I noticed that I basically never use protected methods in C++ code, because I rarely feel the need to call non-public methods of a parent. I do use protected in Java in the template method ...
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Can I make my constructors less repetitive?

I'm extending a class with 10 different constructors. The new subclass, SpecialImage, is used like this: SpecialImage specialImage = new SpecialImage(..); // Leverage the Rotate() method of ...
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How should one modularly implement related objects?

I tried to make the question title as generally applicable as possible, but I'm not certain I worded it so well. It was brought about by a very specific problem I'm having, and for the remainder of ...
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What is the best way to use inheritance with ORMs?

If I have a People table and those people can be at different addresses, and each address can have more than one person, thats a many-to-many relationship. So, using ORMs like Entity Framework and ...
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Is coupling a good thing or bad thing when I'm developing standalone modules in a framework?

Encapsulation is a mechanism of wrapping the data (variables) and code acting on the data (methods) together as a single unit. Client code is expected to inherit from system-supplied classes and then ...
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Database Design for Inheritance

In my project I have an object Player (attr example: pl_id, pl_data1) that is one of these types: Its GoalKeeper (attr example: gk_data1) OR Defender (attr example: df_data1) OR Forward (attr ...
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How to avoid object cast after passing a parameter?

I have a problem with implementing generic user interface interaction. I have different classes that contain data each for particular interface element. So every UserInterfaceElementComponent has ...
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Who decided on the terminology downcasting and upcasting?

As far as I know, the terminology comes from how the inheritance hierarchy is traditionally displayed, with the extending types at the bottom, and the parent types at the top. This is a bit pointless,...
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Java without implementation inheritance

In a recent video on Java, Joshua Bloch states at 4 minutes 20 seconds into the video: And then there's inheritance, and that was a marketing necessity. You know, we can argue whether you really ...
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Is a subclass Liskov Substitutable if it disallows the same invocation of the constructor in the child as in the parent?

Say, I have two classes: class FTPClient: def __init__(self, host, port): self._client = FTPDriver(host, port) ... class FTPSClient(FTPClient): def __init__(self, host, port, ...
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How to refactor my design, if it seems to require multiple inheritance?

Recently I made a question about Java classes implementing methods from two sources (kinda like multiple inheritance). However, it was pointed out that this sort of need may be a sign of a design flaw....
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Do common MVC frameworks violate the LSP and is there a MVC framework which does not?

You who have worked with a framework implementing the MVC architectural pattern most likely know how these frameworks are usually implemented. They contain a base Controller class, which you extend, ...
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What is the correct OOP relation between complex and real numbers?

On one hand class complex { double real; double imaginary; } it is composition on the other hand class complex : double { double imaginary; } it is inheritance Which one is correct? ...