Overloads and Overrides Keywords Sample
This sample demonstrates how to extend derived classes with Visual Basic language features like overloading and overriding. It also shows how to allow various levels of access to the members of a class, including Public, Private, and Protected.
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This application simulates a vehicle registration system, supporting automobiles, boats, and bicycles.
The application utilizes a base class called Vehicle, from which the classes Automobile, Boat, and Bicycle are derived. Each derived class extends the base class in some way: by overriding methods of the base class, by implementing new methods or properties of its own, or by replacing (shadowing) members of the base class. There is also a Friend class called DepartmentOfMotorVehicles that simulates reading data from and writing data to a database.
The application demonstrates the use of these statements and modifiers in classes and their members:
Used on Automobile, Boat, and Bicycle to indicate that Vehicle is the base class.
Used on the DepartmentOfMotorVehicles class. This class may not serve as a base class.
Used on the Vehicle class. Only classes that derive from Vehicle can be instantiated.
The Register method in the Boat class is overloaded to add a maximum number of passengers.
Used in the Vehicle class on the ID property. While implemented in the base class, derived classes may implement another version.
Used in all three derived classes on the CurrentValue property, to replace the default implementation in the base class.
Used in Vehicle class members (ComputeRegistrationFee and Salary). While these members are not implemented in Vehicle, they must be implemented in derived classes that are not marked MustInherit.
Used in the Bicycle class on the Register method.
Used on classes and their members to indicate that a class or member is available to the client application.
Used on fields in the Vehicle class. These fields are accessible in the Vehicle class and derived classes, but are not accessible by client applications.
Used on the DepartmentOfMotorVehicles class. This class is used in the assembly, but is not accessible in client applications.
Used on class fields. These fields are not accessible in client applications.
Used on methods in the DepartmentOfMotorVehicles class. This allows the DepartmentOfMotorVehicles class to act as a function library.