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Tension between Generality and Specialization

A software system designed for a specific project must usually be very specialized.

A software system designed as a reusable tools must usually be very general.

Inheritance allows one to take a very general software component and specialize it for use in a specific project.

Intro OOP, Chapter 7, Slide 3