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raja kanak
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Joined: Oct 18, 2006
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I guess answer would be
But when i run the programme it shows

We are calling
superFoo.get("super") i.e., superclass reference with subclass object in it, also parameter "super" is a String object. So it is more appropriate to call subclass get() but why superclass get() called?

I can't understand.... thanks in advance for any help...

hemadri raju

Joined: Mar 28, 2006
Posts: 15
when you are redifining the function in the child class you are not overloading the base class function, because the base class is having parameter as Object but child class is having parameter as String. So it is not covariant return.

and when you are calling the funciton you are calling using the base class version. so always function of the base class is getting called
Sanjeev Singh
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Joined: Nov 01, 2006
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Where are the covariant retrun types?
I think you got confused and pretends to think that the methods are overridded.Infact the methods are overloaded in first two classes.To make it a valid overrided method with covariant return type make change as

~Sanjeev Singh<br />SCJP 1.5
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2nd one can't override 1st because the argument signature is different even thought String is subclass of Object, hence it's called overloaded - name reuse but new method.

Now superFoo owns only the 1st method, it's always legal - here the argument Object is subcast to String again when get("super") being called.

finally it prints out "SuperCafe4Java";

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raja kanak
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thanks a lot to all.
I agree. Here's the link:
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