classes and objects in c++ programming language


  • A class is a template that defines the form of an object.
  • A class specifies both code and data.
  • C++ uses a class specification to construct objects.
  • Objects are instances of a class.
  • Thus, a class is essentially a set of plans that specify how to build an object.
  • A class can contain private as well as public members. By default, all items defined in a class are private.


  private data and functions
  public data and functions
 } object-list;

Defining the Class

class smallobj //define a class
   int somedata; //class data
   void setdata(int d) //member function to set data
      somedata = d;
   void showdata() //member function to display data
      cout << “
Data is “ << somedata;


  • An Object is a bit of self-contained Code and Data.
  • A key aspect of the Object approach is to break the problem into smaller understandable parts (divide and conquer).
  • Objects have boundaries that allow us to ignore un-needed detail.
  • We have been using objects all along: String Objects, Integer Objects, Dictionary Objects, List Objects..



// A program that uses the Vehicle class.

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

// Declare the Vehicle class.
class Vehicle
   int passengers; // number of passengers
   int fuelcap; // fuel capacity in gallons
   int mpg; // fuel consumption in miles per gallon

int main()
  Vehicle minivan; // create a Vehicle object
  int range;
  // Assign values to fields in minivan.
  minivan.passengers = 7;
  minivan.fuelcap = 16;
  minivan.mpg = 21;

  // Compute the range assuming a full tank of gas.
  range = minivan.fuelcap * minivan.mpg;

  cout << "Minivan can carry " << minivan.passengers << " with a range of " << range << "
  return 0;


Minivan can carry 7 with a range of 336