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If there is no explicit call to this(...) or super(...), the first line of a constructor is an implicit call to super() with no arguments.
A default no-args constructor will be automatically provided by the compiler only if no other constructor is provided by the programmer.
In this case, a Top constructor accepting a String is provided by the programmer, so the compiler does not provide a no-args constructor for Top. The constructor for the subclass, Bottom2, does not call super explicitly, and so super() with no arguments is implicitly called. This is a problem, because there is no such constructor.
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