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Composition Versus Inheritance



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Posted by sueda on October 23, 2001 at 6:37 AM

> >
> > I'm still not sure I understand aggregation. If I instantiate
> > an object and hand out references to it then it's aggregation
> > as opposed to composition, right? If so, what happens to the
> > references/pointers if the instantiating class goes away in
> > C++ and Java?

> > I'm new to OO design, can somebody show me the difference,
> > in code, between association, aggregation and composition for
> > C++ and Java?

> > Thanks

> > Gene


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