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Constructor Redux

Constructor Redux

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In the previous papers, objects were constructed in the most basic way because no arguments were passed into the constructor. With a no-argument constructor, all objects are constructed using the same initial values. For the cShape class, this basic approach worked because Part focused primarily on encapsulation mechanics. It turns the attention to inheritance and the development of class hierarchies. With the development of class hierarchies, it needs a richer set of construction options.

Chapter Contents:

  • 11.1 Specifying Initial Values
  • 11.1.1 Private Member Functions
  • 11.2 Generalizing the Constructor
  • 11.2.1 Constructor Helper /private/ctor_ini.m
  • 11.2.2 Constructor Helper Example /private/ctor_1.m
  • 11.3 Test Drive
  • 11.4 Summary
  • 11.5 Independent Investigations

Inspec keywords: object-oriented programming; software engineering

Other keywords: construction option; class hierarchy; encapsulation mechanics; constructor redux; cShape constructor; Matlab; object construction; no-argument constructor

Subjects: Software engineering techniques; Object-oriented programming

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