Re: Abstract classes

Joe Greer <>
Fri, 9 Nov 2007 17:15:18 +0100 (CET)
TBass <> wrote in

On Nov 9, 9:48 am, Brian Szmyd <> wrote:

Where are:

        virtual bool InRect(double x, double y); virtual bool
        OnLButtonDown(double x, double y); virtual bool
        OnLButtonUp(double x, double y); virtual bool
        OnRButtonDown(double x, double y); virtual bool
        OnRButtonUp(double x, double y);

Implemented? You've made them pure virtual in your parent class, but
I don't see the child class implementation of them. You can't
instantiate an object of a class that has any pure virtual methods
(inherited or not).

Ah! I thought I could pick and choose which virtual functions I wanted
to implement.


No... Any method declared in a class must be implemented somewhere.
The 'where' is what changes between pure virtuals, virtuals, and non-
virtuals. With pure virtuals, the method is guaranteed to be
implemented in a derived class. With virtuals, an implementation must
be available in the base class, but it can be overridden in the derived
classes. And, finally with non-virtuals, the implementation must be in
the base class and can't be overridden by a child. (Note, it can be
hidden be a new implementation in the child, but it is a bad idea.)

The class declaration is your contract with your user as to what
services your object provides. Rarely is faulting out an acceptible
response to an attempt to use a service.


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