Thread: A simple question about "virtual" keyword

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    A simple question about "virtual" keyword

    class A{
      virtual void foo(){}
    class B : public A{
      virtual void foo(){}
      // void foo(){}
    What's the difference between
      virtual void foo(){}
      void foo(){}
    in a derived class?

    I guess they are the same, am I right? That is to say, we don't need to give a "virtual" keyword for overriding?

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    No difference other than style. Whether the virtual keyword is omitted or not from the derived class definition, the foo() is still a virtual function.
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    The only difference is that someone looking only at the derived class interface can tell that foo is virtual if the virtual keyword is there.

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