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Constructor in abstract class

mohan shetty
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Hello All,

Actually what is the use of having a constructor in an abstract class?
Shiva Shankar
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when sub class implementing the abstract class,before subclass constructor is invoked, it calls the constructor in abstract super class.
Peter Chase
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As mentioned, a constructor is required in an abstract class, to allow the concrete subclass to be instantiated.

However, not all possible access modifiers make sense for the constructor of an abstract class. The "public" modifier doesn't in practice offer any more access than "protected". The "private" modifier makes instantiation of a concrete subclass impossible; this only makes sense for a non-instantiable utility class (which is not very OO).

Normally, therefore, the constructor of an abstract class will be "protected". Occasionally, it might be package-private.


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