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Hello, I am a software C# and sometimes C++ contractor developer. So every six months to a year or every year I have to interview for a new job. Sometimes I get the same technical questions asked of me. The one I find most obnoxious to answer is when I am asked what polymorphism is. There seems to be some very fuzzy definitions of Polymorphism, and so I am looking for a good answer to what "Polymorphism" is. Specifically and answer to use during an interview.
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In object-oriented programming, polymorphism refers to a programming language's ability to process objects differently depending on their data type or class. More specifically, it is the ability to redefine methods for derived classes. For example, given a base class shape, polymorphism enables the programmer to define different area methods for any number of derived classes, such as circles, rectangles and triangles. No matter what shape an object is, applying the area method to it will return the correct results. Polymorphism is considered to be a requirement of any true object-oriented programming language.

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