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  From the November 2008 Issue of Prestwood eMag
VB.Net Inheritance (Inherits ParentClass)
Posted 13 years ago on 10/26/2008 and updated 1/23/2009
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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.

VB.Net Inheritance

VB.Net uses the Inherits keyword followed by the parent class name. If you do not include Inherits, your class inherits from System.Object.

Syntax Example:

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

Public Class Android
End Class
Public Class T-600
  Inherits Android
End Class

When designing classes and creating (instanciating) objects in VB.Net, you use the Inherits keyword to signify what class to inherit from. VB.Net supports single inheritance so you have to specify a single class (you cannot specify more than one parent class).

Class Scope Specifiers

Private, Protected, and Public Members

In most OOP languages, private, protected, and public members have a specific scope:

  • Private = Used by the defining class only. Invisible outside of the class except by friendly classes.
  • Protected = Used by the defining class and descendant classes only (plus friendly classes).
  • Public = Visible wherever its class can be referenced.

More Info

Definition:  Inheritance


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Question #1: Multiple Choice

What is the correct syntax for class inheritance?

Public Class Android
End Class
Public Class T-600 : Android
End Class
Public Class Android
End Class
Public Class T-600
  Inherits Android
End Class
Public Class Android
End Class
Public Class T-600 As Android
End Class
Public Class Android
End Class
Public Class T-600(Android)
End Class
Public Class Android
End Class
Public Class T-600
  Parent Android
End Class

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