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Down cast in a derived hierarchy

Jackie00100 asked:

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Hi people, I've ran into a problem where i wanna downcast a object of a different type to a object longer down in a derived hierarchy, i think the best way is just to show some simple code:

class mammal {}
class dog : mammal{}
class cat : : mammal{}
class program
   public main()
      mamal m = new mamal();
      cat c = new cat();
      c = (cat)m; //this give me an invalid cast exception!
      c = (m as cat); //same exception as above

as seen i wanna give a cat object a mammal object/have all the info in the mammal putted into the cat object, which is derived from mammal, i tried implicit operators but saw that this is invalid to do in derived classes. so is there a way to do this without doing everything manually?

thanks - Jackie
Tags: C#, conversion


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