Re: Java class doubts??

"Laurent D.A.M. MENTEN" <>
Tue, 09 Jan 2007 20:09:18 +0100
saketram wrote:


class SuperClass {
    public void printA() { System.out.println("Super class"); }
    public void displayDotts() { System.out.println("#########"); }
class SubClass extends SuperClass {
    public void printA() { System.out.println("Sub class"); }
    public void displayDotts() { System.out.println("............."); }
public class OverrideDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SuperClass s1 = new SubClass();

1. Why does s1.printA() statement trigger SubClass's printA function
instead of SuperClass's printA function, as I declared of type
"SuperClass" eventhough referenced to "SubClass"?

Because s1 really is a reference to a SubClass instance and the JVM uses
it to lookup the method to invoke. If you really want the SuperClass
printA to be invoked, you'll have to cast s1 to a SuperClass reference.

2. Buf if I delete SubClass's printA function, how could SuperClass's
printA function being triggered?

While looking up for the method printA, if it happens that the
referenced instance is not a reference to an instance of a class that
overloads the printA method, the JVM looks up the ancestor(s) of that class.

3. Why does compilation error occurs if I delete SuperClass's printA

Because even if s1 really is an instance of SubClass, you can only
invoke methods declared in SuperClass.

Thanks for the answer.

I suggest you get a copy of "The java programming language" from Addison
Wesley. All of these things a explained and much more!

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