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Chapter 13. Exploiting the Power of Clas... > Object Orientation—An Introduction

Object Orientation—An Introduction

The world of object orientation is exciting, but it requires a new way of thinking about things. Access Office 2003 is object-based, rather than object-oriented. So, what exactly is the difference? The definitions of the following terms should help you differentiate between these two concepts:

  • Class— A template for an object

  • Object— An instance of a class

  • Instantiation— The process of creating an object based on a class

  • Polymorphism— The state of being multifaced; using the same method and property names with different objects, the properties and methods of which are implemented differently for different objects

  • Subclassing— Building one class based on another

  • Inheritance— In object-oriented programming, the ability of newly created subclasses to take on the behavior of their parent classes


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