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18: Inheritance

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  • The language feature most often associated with object-oriented programming is inheritance. Inheritance is the ability to define a new class that is a modified version of an existing class. In this chapter I demonstrate inheritance using classes that represent playing cards, decks of cards, and poker hands.

    If you don’t play poker, you can read about it at, but you don’t have to; I’ll tell you what you need to know for the exercises.

    Code examples from this chapter are available from

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