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exception while overriding

suresh sai
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Joined: Jul 16, 2007
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hi,please resolve the problem of exception for overriding.Actually ,if super class declares a checked exception,then the overriding method cannot declare a new exception,or a cheked exception of broader type.

But the following gives error;
class A
void method() throws Exception



class B extends A
void method()


In the above scenario,the overriding method cannot declare a new exception or a checked exception of broader type ,But it is showing the error.Please solve this problem.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Nothing wrong with this code; it would compile fine. Have you remembered to PostRealCode?

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Stan James
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Your description rings true but there was something missing from your example. Let's say you wrote class A:

And I started using it:

You told me to handle IOException and I did. What if the compiler let somebody write a new class B:

And what if somebody passed an instance of B into my method? I'd be totally unprepared to handle a SQLException because A never told me it might happen. That would be bad enough that the compiler just doesn't let you write B that way.

There's a neat guideline called the Liskov Substition Principle that says if B extends A then any code that works with an instance of A should work equally well with an instance of B. Throwing unexpected exceptions would certainly break that rule!

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