This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Static methods cannot be overridden. But Abstract methods have to be overridden in the extending class (unless the class is not Abstract) to provide the definition. So static and abstract cannot go together. An useful article: http://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/OverridingVsHiding