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finalize() method - protected

Sreedevi Vinod
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Joined: Jan 17, 2005
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The finalize() method is declared protected in the Object class, then only classes in the same package or subclasses can call it. Then how will the garbage collector code access this method ?

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Devi
Kedar Dravid
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Joined: May 28, 2004
Posts: 333
All objects extend the Object class, by default!
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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