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  From the May 2009 Issue of Prestwood eMag
 
C# Language Basics:
C# Inheritance (: ParentClass)
 
Posted 11 years ago on 10/23/2008 and updated 1/23/2009
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KB101390

General Info: Inheritance

The concept of a class makes it possible to define subclasses that share some or all of the main class characteristics. This is called inheritance. Inheritance also allows you to reuse code more efficiently. In a class tree, inheritance is used to design classes vertically. (You can use Interfaces to design classes horizontally within a class tree.) With inheritance, you are defining an "is-a" relationship (i.e. a chow is-a dog). Analysts using UML call this generalization where you generalize specific classes into general parent classes.

C# Inheritance

In C#, you use the class keyword followed by the parent class after a colon. If you leave out the parent class, your class inherits from System.Object.

Syntax Example:

In the following example, a terminator T-600 is-an android. 

public class Android
{
}
 
public class T-600 : Android
{
}

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Definition:  Inheritance

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