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Can someone provide clarification of the toString method and overriding it in classes to print "meaningful" information? I have been asked to implement the toString method in classes but can only find a paragraph on this method in 2 different books. Any additional/practicle information would be appreciated.
Mitch, By default the toString() method outputs a hash representing the memory address. Often, we overwrite this to contain useful information about the state of the object (such as the values of it's fields.) As an example,