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Constructor call

sreenivas kup

Joined: Sep 10, 2004
Posts: 7
Hi folks,

Plz look at the below code.

Case 1:
class A {

A(Object o) {System.out.println("o");}

A(String s) {System.out.println("s");}

public static void main(String args[]) {
new A(null);


The output is: s...

Case 2:

class B {

B (C c) {System.out.println("c...");}

B (Object o) {System.out.println("o...");}

B (String s) {System.out.println("s...");}

public static void main(String args[]) {
new B(null) {};


class C {}
The compiler is not happy and displaying the below error messages

B.java:12: reference to B is ambiguous, both method B(C) in B and method B(java.lang.String) in B match
new B(null) {};
B.java:12: cannot resolve symbol
symbol : constructor B ()
location: class B
new B(null) {};
2 errors

1) Why is the Subclass constructor being called in Case 1?

2) Why is the code in case 2 failing to compile?

Plz explain me. May be I am missing basics here

Vipin Das
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 05, 2004
Posts: 47
Hi sreenivas,
If there are overloaded methods(here the constructor is overloaded), always the methods with more specific parameters is used to resolve the ambiguity. In our case we have 2 constructors one with object and the other with string. Here a null value is applicable to both Object and String. Since string is the subclass, it is a more specific implementation therefore it will be called. But in case 2 there are 2
methods, both are subclasses of object, so the compiler cannot identify the method to call. That is the problem.
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