This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
A native method is one whose body is actually written in another language, like "C". I said that my Java code was conceptually what clone() looks like -- in other words, it behaves as if that's what the code looks like.