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For questions about inheritance, a mechanism in object-oriented programming that allows classes to inherit properties and behaviour from other classes, creating a hierarchical relationship between classes.

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Are there any practical use cases for subtyping primitive types?

In, for example, Python, it is possible to subtype primitive types: ...
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How could a language support adding new types to the middle of the inheritance tree in an ABI-stable way?

I've mentioned before that Swift evolution is somewhat limited by the fact that it is now ABI-stable. One recent example that caught my attention was PermutableCollection. Currently, the Collection ...
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How should I represent objects under prototype-based inheritance?

If I use a class-based system, I know what shape an object will be at the time I construct it, and I know exactly which fields and methods it has. They can be put in fixed locations that remain stable,...
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