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Soft Reference class

Surya Bahadur
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Joined: Sep 28, 2000
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Hi Guys
Can someone explain with a small example(if possible) about the SoftReference class introduced in java 2,i vaguely remember reading somewhere that it basically enables a programmer to mark an object as ready for garbage collection but at the same time allows the retrieval of the object until the garbage collector actually finishes it off.Can someone elaborate on this.???
Mark Herschberg

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