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abstract method implementation

arivarasan manivasagam

Joined: Oct 17, 2005
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Please any one answer it if the question is right....

There are three classes say A,B and C.
A is the abstract class containing atleast one abstract method.
B is abstract subclass of A, but it provides implementation for the abstract method in A(which it needn't but assume it provides).
Now, C is the concrete subclass of B.
Does C need to provide implementation for the abstract method of A, for which implementation is provided already in class B?

Thanks all,
Karthikeyan Balasubramanian
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Joined: Apr 20, 2005
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hI it doesn't need to implement that method once again..since it is implemented in the above class itself..

it will compile and run fine.

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Srinivasa Raghavan
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Arivarasan Welcome to Ranch,

Regarding your question It's not necessary to do so, If you are doing that then you are overriding the the method again.

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[ October 17, 2005: Message edited by: Srinivasa Raghavan ]

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Abdulla Mamuwala
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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Hi arivarasan,
Welcome to the Ranch !

The Java Language Specification says,
If a class that is not abstract contains an abstract method, then a compile-time error occurs. A class C has abstract methods if any of the following is true:
  • C explicitly contains a declaration of an abstract method (�8.4.3).
  • Any of C's superclasses declares an abstract method that has not been implemented (� in C or any of its superclasses.
  • A direct superinterface (�8.1.4) of C declares or inherits a method (which is therefore necessarily abstract) and C neither declares nor inherits a method that implements it.

  • Simplifing the above points we have that if a class is declared abstract, than it must have an abstract method.

    Now, looking at second point shown bold, clearly says that C should implement any abstract methods that have not been implemented in C or any of its superclasses. Note the sentence,
    has not been implemented (� in C or any of its superclasses.

    Meaning that if the abstract method has been implemented in any of C's superclass than C is not required to implement the abstarct method, though C can implement that method.
    I deduced C can implement the method because JLS does not put any restriction on doing so. Correct me if I am wrong.

    The best way to know would be to write a small program for the same,

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    A Kumar
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    Joined: Jul 04, 2004
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    You can implement the method that you have implemented in the second abstract class B again in the concrete class C...this is not necessary though..But if you is equal to overriding...


    Concrete class
    Abstract class

    Kshz Rn

    Joined: Apr 04, 2014
    Posts: 3
    abstract class A
    { abstract public void show();
    public void test(){
    abstract class B extends A
    public void display(){
    class C extends B
    public void show(){
    class Test
    public static void main(String S[])
    B ob=new C();

    Output: C

    can anyone tell, what is a flow of execution for above code?
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