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what is superclass, please describe the difference between ordinary class and superclass

Posted on 2006-04-25
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what is superclass, please describe the difference between ordinary class and superclass?

Is there difference between Java and C# in term of superclass, I am C# programmer.

Question by:riscy

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GENTP earned 200 total points
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It's a class that is inherited by other classe. Same as a base class.

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nehaya earned 400 total points
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No differenct between Java and C# in the concept of supercalss.. but they differ in the way you call the supercalss
java uses: super.___
c# uses : base.___

so, you look for superclass in Java documentations and for base class in C#..

See these links (for c#)
simple example: http://www.csharphelp.com/archives/archive170.html

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by:Fahad Mukhtar
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>>what is superclass, please describe the difference between ordinary class and superclass?
Before defining superclass let me tell you what is inheritence. Inheritance is a relationship between classes where one class is the parent class of another. Sometimes people refer to the parent class as a base class, superclass, ancestor, etc. When a subclass inherits from a base class it's a "is-a-kind-of" relationship. For example, suppose we have a superclass named Cat with a subclass named Lion. A Lion is-a-kind-of Cat.  So superclass is a class from which 1 or more than one classes are inherited. The derived classes are called subclass or childclass
To see how inheritnce is implementd in c# see:

>>Is there difference between Java and C# in term of superclass,
There isnt any difference in functionality. Java programmers normally uses the "superclass" term, while c# developers use "base class". But its not the rule of thumb. Read this very informative article regarding the Inheritence differences between the two languages:

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