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ankur rathi
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Although , it is clearly mention in K&B that , this type of error depends on type of compiler . But suppose this come in exam & options are :
1] compile time error .
2] run time error .

then what shuould be the answer .

thanks .
Pradeep bhatt
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The compiler can detect these kind of recrusive calls. So I would select Compile error.

ankur rathi
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my compiler too ... but it is mention in K&B that most of the compiler will not be able to detect ...
Andris Jekabsons
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My compiler detected recursive calls, too.
However, this was compiled and ran until reaching StackOverflowError:
Why are constructors a special case then?
Obviously, a method can call itself (to implement recursion). So, are two methods allowed to call each other recursively for the same reason?
Or is it just too much of a hustle for compiler to track recursive calls (especially in case of more than two methods)?
Joe Borderi
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A recursive method call should have some terminating condition. If a programmer fails to provide that terminating condition, then that is his error and will result in a stack overflow.

A constructor, however, does not normally have a terminating condition, although I suppose you can simulate one by throwing an exception. Also, since a constructor does not have a retrun value, I don't know why a program would ever need to call a constructor recursively.
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