What is object slicing?

“Slicing” is where you assign an object of a derived class to an instance of a base class, thereby losing part of the information – some of it is “sliced” away.

For example,

class A {
   int foo;

class B : public A {
   int bar;

So an object of type B has two data members, foo and bar.

Then if you were to write this:

B b;

A a = b;

Then the information in b about member bar is lost in a.

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