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Object Reference Question

paul pavlentey

Joined: Jul 20, 2006
Posts: 10
I have very basic Java Question about object assignment.
public interface Animatable {
public void animate();
public class GameShape {
public void displayShape() {
System.out.println("Displaying Shape");

class which extends GameShape and implements interface Animatable
public class PlayerPiece extends GameShape implements Animatable{
public void movePiece() {
System.out.println("moving game piece");
public void animate() {


I dont understand the following assignement of variable "player".
I understand new object player is created (
PlayerPiece player= new PlayerPiece() ,
but how player is assigned to Object, GameShape and Animatable.
Object o=player;
GameShape shape=player;
Animatable mover=player;

What will it to player and how instances of Object, GameShape and Anumatable are effected?

Thanks in advance,
Barry Gaunt
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