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I am referring to PIL II, 16.4, wondering how to implement inheritance with this class-scheme. Taking the example on page 157:

function newAccount (initialBalance)
  local mystuff = {balance = initialBalance}

  local withdraw = function (v)
    mystuff.balance = mystuff.balance - v

  -- other functions omitted

  return {
    withdraw = withdraw

I would implement a descendant of this class like so:

function newSpecialAccount (initialBalance)
  local self = newAccount (initialBalance)

  -- local additional data ("mystuff")

  local someFunction = function ()
    -- do something

  self.someFunction = someFunction
  return self

Questions: Is this the way to do this? If yes, it means that the descendant class is restricted to the same public interface to its parent as any other client, right?

Thanks and regards
- Stefan