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Congratulations! You’ve completed the object-oriented programming with Python lesson. Let’s do a quick recap of what you learned.

We discussed the four pillars of object-oriented programming as they apply to the Python programming language.

  • Inheritance

Python allows classes to inherit on multiple levels. Meaning a class can inherit from a base class as well as a derived class. Python also supports multiple inheritance, where one class can inherit from any number of other classes. This allows us to describe complex relationships between objects with minimal repeated code.

  • Polymorphism

Polymorphism is a concept that allows functions and objects to behave in different ways depending on context. There is the polymorphism of functions like len() or the addition operator +, which can act differently depending on the provided data.

  • Abstraction

Python supports the concept of abstraction by allowing objects with methods that have the same name, to be called in a general manner. Further, Python provides the Abstract Base Class (ABC) for us to create a more clearly defined interface.

  • Encapsulation

Python’s approach to encapsulation is unique compared to most other object-oriented programming languages. In Python, all members of an object are publicly accessible but there are conventions to indicate to developers that a member is intended to be protected or private.

In this lesson, we learned more complicated relationships between classes. We learned:

  • How to create a subclass of an existing class.
  • How to redefine existing methods of a parent class in a subclass by overriding them.
  • How to leverage a parent class’s methods in the body of a subclass method using the super() function.
  • How to write programs that are flexible using interfaces and polymorphism.
  • How to write data types that look and feel like native data types with dunder methods.

These are really complicated concepts! It’s a long journey to get to the state of comfortably being able to build class hierarchies that embody the concerns that your software will need to. Give yourself a pat on the back, you earned it!

Instructions

Take a look at the code in script.py. We’ve added a complete example that aligns with the four pillars of object-oriented programming. Can you identify each one within the class interactions?

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