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Reasons for java.lang .InstantiationException

Praful Thakare
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Joined: Feb 10, 2001
Posts: 642
Hi All,
I m getting java.lang.InstantiationException when trying to instantiate a class which following method
java.lang.Class c=class.forName("classname");

First line executes withour problem,but second line give an exception

Can any one kinldy tell me what are the reasons when this exception is thrown

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Peter den Haan
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Joined: Apr 20, 2000
Posts: 3252
Surely the exception message gives you some hint as to what the reason might be... did you check that out, and if so, can you tell us? Also, did you think to look in the javadoc for the exception? It states "Thrown when an application tries to create an instance of a class using the newInstance method in class Class, but the specified class object cannot be instantiated because it is an interface or is an abstract class.". Is this the case?

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Praful Thakare
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Joined: Feb 10, 2001
Posts: 642
Hi Peter,
Thanx a bunch for your reply.
The class im trying to instantiate is normal (final) class,but its parent class is abstract I could find only following details when running it thru my web application

at java.lang.Class.newInstance0(Native Method)
at java.lang.Class.newInstance(Unknown Source) .....

But when I tried to execute this thru simple java program I got following error...

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.ExceptionInInitializerError
at java.lang.Class.forName0(Native Method)
at java.lang.Class.forName(
at Test.main(
Caused by: java.lang.NullPointerException
at com.x.olb3.process.Parent.<clinit>(Unknown Source)
... 3 more

But Strange thing is ..all other classes are subclass of this class and they are instansitated normally (in web app no thru java program)

any soln ??
Mani Venkatesan
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Joined: Sep 15, 2002
Posts: 64
Could be that there is no zero-args constructor?

It could also be that your parent class constructor is calling an abstract method implementation which is in turn referring to some child class member not initialized yet.

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vojdan kardalev

Joined: Dec 11, 2010
Posts: 1
Mani Venkatesan wrote:Could be that there is no zero-args constructor?

I had no default construcor, it solved it for me.
Campbell Ritchie

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Vojdan Karadalev, welcome to JavaRanch
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