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Inheritance and Polymorphism
Review of Inheritance and Polymorphism

Excellent work! You’ve learned quite a bundle about inheritance and polymorphism in Java:

  • A Java class can inherit fields and methods from another class.
  • Each Java class requires its own file, but only one class in a Java package needs a main() method.
  • Child classes inherit the parent constructor by default, but it’s possible to modify the constructor using super() or override it completely.
  • You can use protected and final to control child class access to parent class members.
  • Java’s OOP principle of polymorphism means you can use a child class object like a member of its parent class, but also give it its own traits.
  • You can override parent class methods in the child class, ideally using the @Override keyword.
  • It’s possible to use objects of different classes that share a parent class together in an array or ArrayList.

Instructions

In the code editor, you’ll find a parent class Noodle and some child classes to play around with. We invite you to experiment with what you’ve learned about inheritance and polymorphism!

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