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Casting ......confusion

 
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Hi,
Why does this code....compiles and runs fine.
class Base {}
class Sub extends Base {}
public class CEx{
public static void main(String argv[]){
Base b=new Base();
Sub s=new Sub();
b =s;
s=(Sub)b;
}}
But, at the same time this code produces Runtime ....ClassCastexception
class Base {}
class Sub extends Base {}
public class CEx{
public static void main(String argv[]){
Base b=new Base();
Sub s=new Sub();
s=(Sub)b;
b =s;
}}
can someone please explain.
Thanks,
Mukti
 
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In your 1st code b points to a class Sub object. In your 2nd code b does not points to a class Sub object. Down casting is not allowed.
 
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