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Bharat Kothari
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what is purpose of using interfaces rather than allowing multiple inheritance of classes as in C++??
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Bharat,
Welcome to JavaRanch!

In C++, you can have two superclasses each containing a method with the same signature. When this happens, how does the subclass know which implementation to inherit? Java gets rid of this sticky situation by only allowing you to extend the implementation of one superclass hierarchy. You can use an interface for any other signatures/contracts you need. Since you supply the implementation, there are no conflicts in this case.


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