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variable overriding

Mathew Lee
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Joined: Jun 08, 2009
Posts: 238
What will happen when you attempt to compile and run the following code?

public class MyField{
int i=99;
public static void main(String argv[]){
MyField m = new MyField();

void amethod(){
int i;

1) The value 99 will be output
2) The value 0 will be output
3) Compile time error
4) Run time error

I was reading above question from link

did not understand it clearly.

cannot we override class level variables with method variables
Any ideas, resources,sample code,links, highly appreciated. thanks in advance.
Henry Wong

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 18505

cannot we override class level variables with method variables

Static variables (ie. class variables) can't be overridden. Local variables (ie. method variables) can't be overridden. In fact, variables of any kind can't be overridden.

Overriding is for methods. Specifically instance methods, where the method of the base class is accessible to the subclass.


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Frankely Diaz

Joined: Oct 09, 2009
Posts: 20

The variables can not be override, the behavior that allows named a inner variable as same as an outer variable is called shadowing.

That code doesn't compile because you are using a local variable without initialized it

It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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