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Figure below shows a simple inheritance hierarchy. A typical company has hundreds of persons. An important subset of these persons is a set of employees. Employees are either workers or secretaries.

Person class hierarchy

Each class in a class hierarchy cumulatively inherits the class members of all classes that precede it in the hierarchy chain.

A class that directly precedes another class in a class hierarchy, and is included in the derived class’s base list, is called the direct base class.

A class that does not directly precede another class in a class hierarchy, and that not included in the derived class’s base list, is called the indirect base class.

Access specifiers and inheritance

Even though a derived class inherits the class members of a base class, the base class’s members are still bound by its access specifiers.

Private class members in the base class can be accessed only the base class’s member functions.

For example, the idNum data member in the Person class is private. If you write the following member function in the Customer class, which attempts to directly access to the idNum data member, you will get a compiler error.

void Customer::outputBalDue(){

cout<<“ ID #”<<idNum<<“ Balance due $”<<balanceDue<<endl;

}

Instead, to access the idNum data member you must call the Person class’s outputData() member function, which is public. Alternatively, you can declare the idNum data member with the protected access specifier.

The protected access modifier restricts class member access to

  1. the class itself
  2. to classes derived from the class, or

The following code shows a modified version of the Person class declaration in which the private access modifier has been changed to protected.

Example:

class Person {

protected:

int idNum;

char lastName[20];

char firstName[15];

public:

void setFields(int num, char last[], char first[]);

void outputData();

};

A member function in Customer class that attempts to directly access to the idNum data member will work correctly since the Customer class is a derived class of the Person class and the idNum data member is now declared as protected.

Overriding base class member functions

Derived classes are not required to use a base class’s member functions. You can write a more suitable version of a member function for a derived class when necessary. Writing a member function in a derived class to replace a base class member function is called function overriding .

To override a base class function, the derived member function declaration must exactly match the base class member function declaration, including the function name, return type and parameters.

To force an object of a derived class to use the base class version of an overridden function, you precede the function name with the base class name and the scope resolution operator using the syntax:

object.base_class::function();

Example

In the following code, the base class Person and the derived class Employee have their own function member with the same name setFields().

#include<iostream.h>

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
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I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
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what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
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I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
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what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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What is STMs full form?
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scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
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Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
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analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
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Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
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what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
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nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
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why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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why?
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what school?
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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