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in C++, does a derived class constructor "automatically" call the base class constructor?
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Yes - more specifically, the default constructor is called - if you need another ctor, you can call it in the derived class' ctor's initializer list. See also e.g. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/comphelp/v8v101/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.xlcpp8a.doc%2Flanguage%2Fref%2Fcplr388.htm ("Initializing base classes and members (C++ only)"): "If you do not explicitly initialize a base class or member that has constructors by calling a constructor, the compiler automatically initializes the base class or member with a default constructor."
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Hm, here's a nicer and more thorough explanation: http://www.learncpp.com/cpp-tutorial/114-constructors-and-initialization-of-derived-classes/ ("Constructors and initialization of derived classes")
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