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kashif sohail

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 29
public class Q2 extends Test
static void show()
System.out.println("Show method in Q2 class");
public static void main(String[] args)
Test t = new Test();;
Q2 q = new Q2();;
t = q; //what happens here; // which method called and why
q =(Q2) t; // why explicit cast;
class Test
static void show()
System.out.println("Show method in Test class");
plz any body tells me the reason and explaination

Rob Acraman
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Joined: Dec 03, 2000
Posts: 89
The reason you're not getting what you I think you're expecting to get is because of that little word "static". You've just discovered that static methods can't be overridden (ie. it just won't call subclass's versions, as opposed to "final" which will actually cause a compilation error if you try to override it).
So, what's happening is:
t = q;
The reference in q is copied into t, so t and q are now both pointing to the same Q2 object in memory. Note that no casting is required here, since you're "upcasting" - ie. assigning a sub-type to a super-type, which is allowed (like myAnimal = dog).;
Since Test's show() method is static, Java doesn't look any further down the inheritance tree.
So, what's output is the "in Test class" message.
If the show() methods did NOT have static, then you would get the "in Q2 class" message.
q = (Q2)t;
Cast is needed since you're now "downcasting". OK, we "know" this instance of t is a Q2, but that counts for nothing with the compiler, since at runtime an instance of t may reference ANY sub-type of t (like saying myDog = someAnimal;
Since show() is defined for Q2, Java doesn't need to go back up the inheritance tree - it can call the method direct.

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