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Jeremy Parsons
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I am looking at an example in my study book and here's the code I want to make sure I fully understand..

Employee adminAssistant = new Employee();

is the First Employee an Object? and is the variable adminAssistant being assigned a new Object, or what?..
Chetan Raju
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Here the first Employee specifies which type the reference variable is (adminEmployee). When you are using new operator as in " new Employee()" this is creating an object of type employee and then a reference to this object is created and assigned to the variable adminEmployee.
Srikanth Basa
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Well said Chetan.

To make things clear for a beginner, here is the analysis

Employee adminAssistant = new Employee();

Understanding Step 1 - new Employee();
Hey Java Create me a new Object somewhere on the Heap. Java please note that the object belongs to the class "Employee"

Understanding Step 2- Employee adminAssistant
I want to use a variable "adminAssistant" which gives me an access point to an object of type "Employee" stored somewhere which Im not really aware of

Understanding Step 3- Employee adminAssistant = new Employee();
Java , now I have the variable "adminAssistant" and the object . So I very well know which object the variable "adminAssistant" must refer to. So please use "adminAssistant" as a reference for the object you have created just now with "new Employee();"
[ August 28, 2006: Message edited by: Srikanth Basavaraju ]
Jeremy Parsons
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oh ok, thanks guys that really cleared that up for me...
 
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