Unlike what many might imagine, pure and/or abstract class is basically the same element. This type of nomenclature is used to define classes that are not instantiated directly, they are designed exclusively for use in descendent classes.

To make it easier to understand the use of this concept, we present a practical example: the ‘person’ class has methods and attributes related to the person, but it is used only in the calling of other classes, for example, in ’employee’ and ‘manager’ classes. This concept helps in structuring the objects, thus ensuring that all controls can be manipulated and edited in an optimized and centralized way when these are common between two or more classes. In the PHP language, abstract classes are created as follows:

abstract class Person
abstract protected function typeSalary();
abstract protected function valueSalary( $prefix );
public function press () {
print $this-> typeSalary();

class Employee extends Person
protected function typeSalary{
return “Emplyee Salary”;

public function valueSalary( $prefix ) {
return “Salary Employe: “. $prefix;

class Manager extends Person
protected function typeSalary{
return “Manager Salary”;

public function valueSalary( $prefix ) {
return “Manager Salary: “. $prefix;

$class1 = new Employee;
echo $class1-> valueSalary (2000)  ;

$class2 = new Manager;
echo $class2-> valueSalary (5000) ;

In the example, it is possible to understand the applicability of the concept. The abstract class “person” has a single common method (print) and two abstract methods (typeSalary and valueSalary). The abstract methods can be rewritten within the descendant; for this, the abstract statement must be inserted before the function statement in the abstract parent class methods. Only these ones can be rewritten in descendant classes. If the programmer attempts to rewrite a common method already implemented in the parent class, an error is displayed, stating that another method already exists with the same name.

When creating objects, only classes “Employee” and “Manager” receive instances. The class “person” is protected within the descendant classes. The common method of the parent class can be used by both objects; the abstract ones, in turn, need to be implemented in descendant classes, thus presenting a different behavior. This behavior then return results in the following screen:

Employee Salary

Employee Salary: 2000

Manager Salary

Manager Salary: 5000

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