General Concept of OOP: Basic Concepts: Basic Concepts: Data Encapsulation, Modularity, Inheritance and Polymorphism

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Basic Concepts

Data Encapsulation

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Image of Encapsulation

  • Encapsulation is the most basic concept of OOP.

  • It is the way of combining both data and the functions that operate on that data under a single unit.

  • These functions are considered as member functions in C++.

  • It is not possible to access the data directly.

  • If you want to reach the data item in an object, you call a member function in the object.

  • It will read the data item and return the value to you. The data is hidden, so it is considered as safe and far away from accidental alternation.

  • Data and its functions are said to be encapsulated into a single entity.


The act of partitioning a program into individual components is called modularity. It gives the following benefits.

  • It reduces its complexity to some extent.

  • It creates a number of well-defined, documented boundaries within the program.

Module is a separate unit in itself. It can be compiled independently though it has links with other modules.

Modules work quite closely in order to achieve the program’s goal.


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Image of Inheritance

  • It is the capability to define a new class in terms of an existing class.

  • An existing class is known as a base class and the new class is known as derived class.

  • Number of examples can be given on this aspect. For example, a motorcycle is a class in itself.

  • C++ supports such hierarchical classification of classes.

  • The main benefit from inheritance is that we can build a generic base class, i.e., obtain a new class by adding some new features to an existing class and so on.

  • Every new class defined in that way consists of features of both the classes.

  • Inheritance allows existing classes to be adapted to new application without the need for modification.


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Image of Polymorphism

  • Polymorphism is a key to the power of OOP. It is the concept that supports the capability of data to be processed in more than one form.

  • For example, an operation may exhibit different behavior in different instances.

  • The behavior depends upon the types of data used in the operation.

  • Let us consider the operation of addition. For two numbers, the operation will generate a sum.

  • If the operands are strings, then the operation would produce a third string by concatenation.

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