diamond problem

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Etymology[edit]

So called because a diagram of the classes has a diamond (quadrilateral) shape.

Noun[edit]

diamond problem

  1. (computing, programming) The ambiguity that arises when two classes B and C inherit from A, and a further class D inherits from both B and C, so that if there is a method in A that B and/or C has overridden, and D does not override it, it is unclear which version of the method D should inherit.

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