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Abstract class and interface

Madhawi Maurya
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Please tell me which one is better either abstract class or interface? which one should use in any appliction program?

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Sujith Mahesh

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Abstract class can have both abstract methods and non abstract methods.
Interface methods are implicitly "public abstract".
Abstract class can have non static variables.
Interface variables are implicitly "public final static".

Depending on the above inforamtion you can choose which suits best for your application and implement it.
Peter Chase
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Originally posted by sujith mg:
Depending on the above inforamtion you can choose which suits best for your application and implement it.

Well, sort-of, but it omits the most important difference, which is that a class can extend only one superclass (abstract or not), but can implement any number of interfaces.

Interfaces are preferred to abstract classes, in general. Use abstract classes only when an interface cannot give you what you need.

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Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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One of the SCJA exam objectives is "Programming to an Interface."

There is no exam objective called "Programming to an Abstract class."

It all depends upon the use and the scenario, but typically, we see that the greater the deal of 'abstraction' the better, and it doesn't get much more abstract and flexible than an Interface.

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