The point of the program I am making is to have a pure abstract base class called BasicShape and have 2 child classes, Circle and Rectangle. I have the program written but with one unresolved error.


Main.cpp file

#include "Pure.h"
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;


int main() {
	
	Circle pizza(2,2,10);
	Rectangle box(10,5);
	
	cout << "The Circle's information: " << endl;
	cout << "Center x = " << pizza.getCenterX() << endl;
	cout << "Center y = " << pizza.getCenterY() << endl;
	cout << "Area = " << pizza.getArea() << endl << endl << endl;

	cout << "The Rectangle's information: " << endl;
	cout << "Length = " << box.getLength() << endl;
	cout << "Width = " << box.getWidth() << endl;
	cout << "Area = " << box.getArea() << endl;
}

.H file

#ifndef PURE_H
#define PURE_H


class BasicShape {
protected: 
	double area;
public:
	double getArea() const;
	virtual void calcArea() ; //used to make BasicShape a pure abstract base class

};

class Circle : public BasicShape {
private:
	long centerX;
	long centerY;
	double radius;
public:
	//constructor
	Circle(long, long, double);
	//accessors
	long getCenterX() const;
	long getCenterY() const;
	//mutator
	virtual void calcArea() ;

};

class Rectangle : public BasicShape {
private:
	long width;
	long length;
public:
	//constructor
	Rectangle(long,long);
	//accessors
	long getWidth() const;
	long getLength() const;
	//mutator
	virtual void calcArea() ;


};

#endif

.cpp file

#include "Pure.h"


double BasicShape :: getArea() const {
	return area;
}

Circle::Circle(long x, long y,double r) {
	centerX = x;
	centerY = y;
	radius = r;
	calcArea();
}

long Circle::getCenterX() const {
	return centerX;
}

long Circle::getCenterY() const {
	return centerY;
}

void Circle::calcArea()  {
	area = 3.14159 * radius * radius;
	
}

Rectangle::Rectangle(long L, long W) {
	length = L;
	width = W;
	calcArea();
}

long Rectangle::getWidth() const {
	return width;
}

long Rectangle::getLength() const {
	return length;
}

void Rectangle::calcArea()  {
	area = length * width;
	
}

The error I get is this: Error 1 error LNK2001: unresolved external symbol "public: virtual void __thiscall BasicShape::calcArea(void)" (?calcArea@BasicShape@@UAEXXZ)
Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

You should make calcArea a pure virual funtion, by defining it as:

virtual void calcArea() = 0;

Right now the compiler thinks that this function is unimplemented. The calcArea in the derived shapes don't necessarily need to be virual.

Thanks, that helped a lot.