What is Inheritance?

In this lesson, you will be introduced to Inheritance, a powerful concept in object-oriented programming.

Now that you are familiar with the concepts of objects and classes, let’s discuss inheritance which is another key concept in object-oriented programming.


Inheritance provides a way to create a new class from an existing class. The new class is a specialized version of the existing class such that it inherits all the non-private fields (variables) and methods of the existing class. The existing class is used as a starting point or as a base to create the new class.

The IS A Relationship

After reading the above definition, the next question that comes to mind is, when do we use inheritance? Wherever we come across an IS A relationship between objects, we can use inheritance.

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