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luk Hann
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Joined: Jan 29, 2001
Posts: 48
Here is a question from Jquest:
Here is a method which creates a number of String objects in the course of printing a count down sequence.
1. public void countDown() {
2. for( int i = 10 ; i >= 0 ; i-- ){
3. String tmp = Integer.toString( i );
4. System.out.println( tmp );
5. }
6. System.out.println("BOOM!");
7. }
When the program reaches line 6, how many of the String objects created in line 3 are eligible for garbage collection? Assume that the System.out object is not keeping a reference.
Please explain why the answer is 10, not 11. Thanks.

Joined: Mar 02, 2001
Posts: 7
The answer should be 11 in Java 2.But I also heard some experts said in Java1.1 the answer is 10 .But Now Sun has corrected the minor bug in Java 2.

It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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