This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum. We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara 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