the ability of one object to be derived by creating a new class instance from a parent or base class and overloading the constructor(s), methods, and attributes of that parent object and implementing them in the instance. In Java this is known as subclassing. Inheritance is important because many times an object contains some base functionality that another object also needs and, instead of maintaining the same logic in two objects, they can share and even override or change this functionality by using a base or parent class. If this occurs, then the base or parent object should be defined in such a way that several common derived objects can use the same common functionality from the parent. The parent sh...
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