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Garbage collection

Saurabh V Vakil

Joined: Jan 30, 2008
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In case of inheritance, if the child class instance is garbage collected, then will the finalize method of the base class be called?
Daesung Park
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Yes, it is called if subclass didn't override it.

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Peter Chase
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In other words, finalize() is an ordinary overridable method. So, if the subclass has a version of finalize(), then the superclass version will only be called if the subclass version calls super.finalize(). Normally, it should do so.

Of course, discussion of finalize() is of little more than academic interest, as there are very few worthwhile uses of finalisation.

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Saurabh V Vakil

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Thanks for your replies guys!!!
I agree. Here's the link:
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