Tom J. Peters

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The first time the OO concept of inheritance and how it lends itself to reuse was explained to me, I viewed it as old news. You see, by the early '90s AC/DC had already put out the same album a dozen times. The pentatonic scale played at light speed...the blues-based rhythm guitar...four-four timing...it had all been done before. Lyrics were changed, themes were adjusted slightly, but all in all each record was simply inherited from the prior one. Inheritance and reuse was a standard to me. Information technology had finally caught up to the music industry. I'm such a fan of AC/DC and reuse that I reused the title from their song "Flick of the Switch." This leads to my disclaimer. This article is the second in this series. The first explained the major portion of this approach by showing how to make your application smart enough to know where and how to instantiate i... (more)