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When class is loaded (means)

Shivit Agarwal
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What does it really mean when class is loaded ??

What does the statement reference to ?? runtime ??

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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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"Loading a class" is what happens when the JVM finds a class definition (for example, a *.class file on disk or inside a *.jar file), reads it into memory, and creates the data structures inside the JVM to represent that class and allow instances of the class to be created.

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It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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