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Factory methods

Chetan Dodiya
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Joined: Jun 27, 2008
Posts: 39
I came across one question...
Which classes are always instantiated via Factory method???
a, java.util.Date
b, java.util.Locale
c, java.util.Calender
d, java.text.DateFormat
e, java.text.NumberFormat

this q is from of K & B book....
what is the Factory method???/
which is the correct answer???

SCJP 1.5
Preethi Dev
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Joined: Sep 07, 2008
Posts: 265
c,d,e are always instantiated via the static factory methods getInstance(),getDateInstance(),getCurrencyInstance(). These classes are abstract. So we are using these methods to instantiate them.

preparing Scjp1.5
Chetan Dodiya
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Joined: Jun 27, 2008
Posts: 39
but what is factory method???
Ankit Garg

Joined: Aug 03, 2008
Posts: 9465

Factory methods are methods which return instances of a class. Just as a factory produces items, Factory method produces instances. The general naming convention for factory methods is getInstance.


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