What are abstract classes
What are abstract classes ?
Following are features of a abstract class :-
ă You can not create a object of abstract class
ă Abstract class is designed to act as a base class (to be inherited by other classes). Abstract class is a design concept in program development and provides a base upon which other classes are built.
ă Abstract classes are similar to interfaces. After declaring an abstract class, it cannot be instantiated on its own, it must be inherited.
ă In VB.NET abstract classes are created using gMustInherith keyword.In C# we have gAbstracth keyword.
ă Abstract classes can have implementation or pure abstract methods which should be implemented in the child class.
From interview point of view just saying using MustInherit keyword is more than enough to convince that you have used abstract classes. But to clear simple fundamental lets try to understand the sample code. There are two classes one is ClsAbstract class and other is ClsChild class. ClsAbstract class is a abstract class as you can see the mustinherit keyword. It has one implemented method Add and other is abstract method which has to be implemented by child class MultiplyNumber. In the child class we inherit the abstract class and implement the multiplynumber function.
Definitely this sample does not take out actually how things are implemented in live projects. Basically you put all your common functionalities or half implemented functionality in parent abstract class and later let child class define the full functionality of the abstract class. Example i always use abstract class with all my SET GET properties of object in abstract class and later make specialize classes for insert, update, delete for the corresponding entity object.
Public MustInherit Class ClsAbstract use the mustinherit class to declare the class as abstract Public Function Add(ByVal intnum1 As Integer, ByVal intnum2 As Integer) As Integer Return intnum1 + intnum2 End Function left this seconf function to be completed by the inheriting class Public MustOverride Function MultiplyNumber(ByVal intnum1 As Integer, ByVal intnum2 As Integer) As Integer End Class Public Class ClsChild Inherits ClsAbstract class child overrides the Multiplynumber function Public Overrides Function MultiplyNumber(ByVal intnum1 As Integer, ByVal intnum2 As Integer) As Integer Return intnum1 * intnum2 End Function End Class
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