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ABAP Polymorphism Problem

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I am running into a problem of type compatibility when I declare a parameter of a subroutine as an abstract superclass and try to pass through a subclass. According to the documentation I have read, this should work (it also works in many other OOP languages). Furthermore, I attempted to create a field symbol of the superclass and assign the subclass to it, then pass it through to the subroutine, but the type incompatability error occurred there as well. This leads me to believe it is a problem with my declaration of the classes, but they seem alright. I am going to post example code in the following post.

Please examine and let me know if I am doing anything weird/wrong.

Thank you,

Steven Coolbaugh

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    Posted on Aug 26, 2009 at 04:04 PM

    You need to do the casting to the super's reference and use this object in the parameter of your Subroutine.


    *       CLASS lcl_super DEFINITION
        DATA: f_num1 TYPE i.
    ENDCLASS.                    "lcl_super DEFINITION
    *       CLASS lcl_sub DEFINITION
              if_num TYPE i,
              value(rf_num) TYPE i.
    ENDCLASS.                    "lcl_sub DEFINITION
      DATA: o_super TYPE REF TO lcl_super,
            o_sub   TYPE REF TO lcl_sub.
      CREATE OBJECT o_sub.
      o_sub->set_f_num1( 10 ).
      o_super = o_sub.                     " Down Casting
      PERFORM get_f_num USING o_super.
    *&      Form  get_f_num
    FORM get_f_num USING io_super TYPE REF TO lcl_super.
      DATA: lo_sub TYPE REF TO lcl_sub,
            lf_num TYPE i.
      lo_sub ?= io_super.      " Up Casting
      lf_num = lo_sub->get_f_num1( ).
      WRITE: lf_num.
    ENDFORM.                    "get_f_num
    *       CLASS lcl_sub IMPLEMENTATION
      METHOD set_f_num1.
        me->f_num1 = if_num.
      ENDMETHOD.                                                "set_F_num1
      METHOD get_f_num1.
        rf_num = me->f_num1.
      ENDMETHOD.                                                "get_f_num1
    ENDCLASS.                    "lcl_sub IMPLEMENTATION


    Naimesh Patel

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    • Former Member Naimesh Patel

      Ah, once again my previous experience is causing problems. In C++, declarations of pointers to an object have a different declaration from object variable declarations. I keep forgetting that ABAP uses reference variables exclusively, therefore the object is not instanced (although had I thought about it, CREATE OBJECT would not need to be used if it worked otherwise). Thank you for the correction.

      On a different note, I did not have to up cast the passed super object to the sub object; which is very good, since I am passing many different subclasses through to this subroutine.

      Once again, thank you for your help.

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