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toString() method not invoked

Srinivas Katta
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Joined: Feb 01, 2007
Posts: 76
Hi All,

I have executed the below Program

class TSuper{
protected TSuper getCls(){
return new TSuper();
String getValue(){
return "In Super";
public String toString(){
return "[Super Class]";

class TSub extends TSuper{
public TSub getCls(){
return new TSub();
protected String getValue(){
return "In Sub";
public String toString(){
return "[Sub Class]";

public class TSample{
public static void main(String args[]){
TSuper ts=new TSub();
Object ob=ts.getCls().getValue();

and I am expected the output to be printed as " [Sub Class]" as w are calling ob.toString() in SOP statement but teh ouput is printed as "In Sub".

Please explain

Ankit Garg

Joined: Aug 03, 2008
Posts: 9465

Srinivas please Use Code Tags when you post a source code. That way your code looks formatted. Unformatted code is hard to read. You can add code tags by wrapping your code in [code] [/code] tags. You can edit your message using button and then add code tags to it.

As for your problem, ob doesn't contain an instance of your TSub class. You assigned ts.getCls().getValue() to ob which is actually the String "In Sub" that your getValue method returns...

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Srinivas Katta
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Joined: Feb 01, 2007
Posts: 76
Thanks for your suggestion, I will Post the Code with Code blocks from here onwards
Abimaran Kugathasan
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Joined: Nov 04, 2009
Posts: 2066

Your getValue() method returns a String object, and then you call toString() on that object, so toString() method on the String class will be invoked, if you invoke toString() on your TSub object, then [Sub Class] will be printed. Check the method invocation carefully.

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Harshit Sethi
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Joined: Jul 16, 2010
Posts: 75
Object ob is assigned to a string "In Sub" and by doing so the Object ob now refers to String class whose constructor is initialized with value "In Sub".

The toString() method in Object class is over-ridden by String and Wrapper classes.Thus you can invoke the toString() method ,due to polymorphism the String class' version of toString() method runs which returns the value "In Sub".

I hope that helps you
Moguluri Ravi Kiran
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Joined: Apr 16, 2010
Posts: 63

Hello Friend,

you are putting "[In Sub]" in Object type & not the TSub type instance,
Hence you are getting so.

to get "[Sub Class]" you have to put TSub type instance in Object type,


instead of

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