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Preethi Dev
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Joined: Sep 07, 2008
Posts: 265
Hi, I got it from

public class exception
public static void main(String args[])
return; // if i comment this i am getting AC as output
catch(Exception e)


here 'c' is not reached,why? and can we return something in void main method?

thanks in advance
Ankit Garg

Joined: Aug 03, 2008
Posts: 9452

c would have reached if it was in finally block. Since it is not, so return in try will end the execution of the method.

you can use a simple return statement in void methods i.e. return; you cannot return any value like return 0;//error

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Hemnathbabu Kottaiveedu

Joined: Mar 13, 2008
Posts: 28
Hi Preetha,

There are two forms of return statements that can be used depending on whether the method is a void or non void method.
return Statement
Form of return Statement In void Method In Non-void Method

return; optional not allowed

return <expression>; not allowed mandatory

So c is not reached because the flow of execution is transfered to the point from where the main() method has been called.

Hope this helps you!

[ November 20, 2008: Message edited by: Hemnathbabu Kottaiveedu ]

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Preethi Dev
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I agree. Here's the link:
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