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Wrapper class doubt

Vishal Hegde
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Integer i=new Integer(100);
System.out.println(i); // why is this line printing 100 and not the reference address

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Rob Spoor

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Because the Integer class has its toString() method overridden.

And you never see the reference address of objects. What you see when you print an Object instance is its hashCode. It is most likely based on the object address in memory, but it doesn't have to. It most certainly never is the reference address - that's completely hidden. Remember, references aren't pointers like in C.

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