Monday, May 7, 2007

Making choice between Interface and Abstract Class

In which Scenario you will go for Interface or Abstract Class?

Interfaces, like classes, define a set of properties, methods, and events. But unlike classes, interfaces
do not provide implementation. They are implemented by classes, and defined as separate entities from
classes. Even though class inheritance allows your classes to inherit implementation from a base class, it
also forces you to make most of your design decisions when the class is first published.

Abstract classes are useful when creating components because they allow you specify an invariant level
of functionality in some methods, but leave the implementation of other methods until a specific
implementation of that class is needed. They also version well, because if additional functionality is
needed in derived classes, it can be added to the base class without breaking code.

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