Simple Type Hierarchy
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  1. We can replace class D with interface D where the only difference is that value is only prototyped in the interface whereas it is defined in class D (previous slide). But the code for using objects as type D objects does not change except that D objects cannot be created directly since there is no D class - we can only create objects from classes that implement the D interface and these also happen to be type D objects.
  2. This means we do not have to extend classes to get a type hierarchy - just make sure the classes that are developed implement the appropriate interfaces. The services that would normally be inherited from superclasses may now be obtained by creating an object of a would-be superclass and using methods of that object. Normally, in this case, the would-be superclass would require any class using its methods to implement an appropriate interface - as though it had been a superclass.