Python for Entrepreneurs Transcripts
Chapter: Appendix: Python language concepts
Lecture: Concept: Polymorphism

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0:00 By leveraging inheritance, we can crate
0:02 a wide range of types that model our world very well,
0:06 in this example on the screen we have a wizard
0:08 and the wizard knows how to battle a variety of creatures,
0:11 we have small animals that are easier to defeat,
0:13 we have standard creatures, we have dragons, we have wizards.
0:16 All of these types are derived from the creature type.
0:20 Now, the wizard class, you can see, can attack any of these creatures,
0:24 and the reason the wizard class can attack them
0:26 is it's built, it's programmed to understand what a creature is
0:30 and attack it and any of the derived classes can be used interchangeably.
0:34 So this means we can continue to evolve and generate
0:38 new and interesting creature derived types
0:41 and we don't have to change our wizard code to understand how to battle them.
0:45 That's great, polymorphism is essential in any object-oriented language,
0:50 and that's absolutely true in Python as well.