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abstract - getInstance()

Lovleen Gupta
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Joined: Feb 26, 2007
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They say DateFormat is an abstract class. So, to instantiate, you do:
DateFormat d = DateFormat.getInstance();

Also, somewhere I read that abstract classes can't be instantiated. So, there is an anomaly here. Please throw soe light on it.

Also, if the 2nd statement is incorrect,
does the getInstance() mehtod apply to instantiate any abstract class?

Christophe Verré

Joined: Nov 24, 2005
Posts: 14688

What getInstance() does is basically to return a new SimpleDateFormat.
So [i]DateFormat d = DateFormat.getInstance();[i] would be equivalent to [i]DateFormat d = new SimpleDateFormat(...)[i] with default parameters.

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