Inherting classes

Discussion in 'ASP .Net' started by, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. I have some inheritance in my classes
    I have Administrator class and a Accounts class then inherit from the Staff
    class, which in turn inherits from the Person class

    I have a function that finds out if the user is a administrator or in
    accounts and returns the correct object, I do not know what that will be so
    I can not declare the object accounts or administrator, I have to declare it
    as a Person or a Staff object like

    dim oUser as Person = getUser(userId)
    dim oUser as Staff = getUser(userId)

    either will work of cause, but I wondering if their was a cost, and if you
    should always take the base class or as high up in inheritance as you can.

, Sep 7, 2009
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  2. It is best to use the most specific class possible in your declaration,
    because it means less converting will be involved, as well as leaving less
    room for error. In your case, it sounds like this would be the Staff class.
    However, for what you are doing I might suggest adding a property to the
    Staff class (maybe named "Position" or "Department" or "Title"), and then in
    the Administrator and Accounts classes, either set that property in the
    constructor or override it so that it returns the desired value. Hopefully
    this helps.
    Nathan Sokalski, Sep 7, 2009
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  3. The reason I ask is that when I set it as Person the base class, it does so
    no problems, but when I set it as Staff more specific, it tells me strict
    does not allow implicit conversion and I need to use CType.
, Sep 8, 2009
  4. Could you post the signatures of all the classes?
    Nathan Sokalski, Sep 8, 2009
  5. well that was with a test class, I re-created then and its no longer asking
    for cType, not sure why it was before.
, Sep 9, 2009
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