[fpc-pascal] Understanding virtual methods

Sven Barth pascaldragon at googlemail.com
Tue Aug 20 14:34:19 CEST 2013

Am 20.08.2013 09:36 schrieb "Antonio Fortuny" <a.fortuny at sitasoftware.lu>:
> Le 20/08/2013 07:34, Xiangrong Fang a écrit :
>> Hi Flavio,
>> Your findings confirmed mine, but not telling me why? It seems that the
"virtual" keyword has no use at all!   To confirm this, I just removed the
"inherited" call in TDerived, then re-run the program with or without
"virtual/override", the result is exactly same, i.e. with c2 (declared as
TBase), the following statements ALWAYS calls constructor of TDerived, NOT
>> c2 := TDerived.Create;
>> c2 := TBase(TDerived.Create);
>> This is not same as the description in:
>> BTW, the above documents are talking about objects, but I am using
classes, is there any difference here?
> Yep: a class is a construct definig a collection of variables, properties
and methods whilst an object is an instantiated class.

You are aware that the link mentioned by Xiangrong Fang points to a part of
the manual about Turbo Pascal style objects which are different in a
different sense to Delphi style objects/classes?

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