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whether the eg overrides or overloads

Praveen palukuri
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i've some doubt regarding the following eg

class A
protected metha()
class B extends A
private metha()

whether method in class B overrides/overloads method in class A.

Thank you in advance.
Alana Sparx
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Sorry mate, it does neither - it'll throw an exception.
Praveen palukuri
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may i know the reason to cause exception.
Shyam Prasad Murarka
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Dear Praveen,
Over-riding: This is done when you provide a different implementation of a method (belonging to a super-class) in your class. This over-riding method should have the same signature as your superclass method. And along with that the access modifier that you specify for the over-riding method should have a scope equal to OR higher than the superclass method.
Hope I am not confusing matters here.
As you can see from the example you provided, the method in your subclass had a scope smaller than the superclass, so the compiler throws an error.
Over-loading: This is done when the method signature is the same but either of the following conditions should be met:
  • the number of parameters is different
  • the order of the parameters are different
  • the type of parameters are different

  • I have a feeling I have written a lot of information that may be incorrect. So just wait until an expert comes in and verifies the information. I just wrote my understanding of Overloading/Over-riding methods.
    [ April 20, 2006: Message edited by: Shyam Murarka ]

    With Best Regards,
    Shyam Prasad Murarka
    Rodrigo Alvarez
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    Hi praveen,

    your metha() in class B is (trying to) override the metha() in class A. Overloading is when you declare a method with the same name but a different signature (e.g.metha(int a) ).

    Anyway, in yuor example it would not work : you cannot reduce the visibility of a method when you override it (and private is a "smaller" visibility than "protected").

    => you would get a compile time error


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    Vishnu Prakash
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    Sorry mate, it does neither - it'll throw an exception.


    It will NOT throw a runtime exception.

    You will get compile time error stating weaker access privilege

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    Unfortunately, this mistake is an all too common one: referring to compile errors as "exceptions."

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    Alana Sparx
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    I consider my slack, slapdash and lackadaisical attitude to semantics duly chastised and promise to sharpen up my attitude forthwith.

    Basically dude, it isnae gonnae wurk.
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