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Importance of @override annotation

Abiodun Adisa
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Joined: Jan 17, 2002
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Please can someone explain to me the importance of @override annotation because i can't really see its importance if we have a Class that contains a method that overrides another method in the super class, why the need for the @override annotation
Henry Wong

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
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It's great for catching spelling errors. For example, if you tried to override the hashCode() method, and accidently type hashcode() instead, the compiler will complain.


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Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
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Henry Wong wrote:
It's great for catching spelling errors.
And it's got a spelling error in It's @Override, not @override! Remember Java is case-sensitive, and the tiniest spelling error can cause no end of problems.
I agree. Here's the link:
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