#681 – Avoid Using the new Keyword To Hide Methods

You can use the new keyword in a derived class to hide a method in a base class, rather than overriding it.  In other words, the method in the derived class is not polymorphic, so if the method is called from a variable whose type matches the base class, the method in the base class will be called, rather than the method in the subclass.

// In Dog - public virtual void Bark()
// In Terrier : Dog - public new void Bark()

Dog d = new Terrier("Bob");
d.Bark();   // Dog.Bark called, rather than Terrier.Bark

If a Terrier really is-a type of Dog, then this lack of polymorphism on the Bark method doesn’t really make sense.  If you wanted to add a method to Terrier that was really something entirely new, you should give it a new name to avoid confusion, rather than using the new keyword.


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