#343 – Use the new Keyword to Replace a Method in a Base Class

A derived class inherits data and behavior from its parent class.

There are times when you might want to replace a method in a base class with a new method in the derived class, having the same name.  You can do this using the new keyword.

Assume a Dog class has a Bark method:

    public class Dog
        public void Bark()
            Console.WriteLine("Generic dog {0} says Woof", Name);

You can provide a new version of this method in a class that derives from Dog, using the new keyword.  This new method hides the method in the base class.

    public class Terrier : Dog
        public new void Bark()
            Console.WriteLine("Terrier {0} is barking", Name);

Dog objects will now invoke Dog.Bark and Terrier objects will invoke Terrier.Bark.

            Dog kirby = new Dog("Kirby", 15);

            Terrier jack = new Terrier("Jack", 17);