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Instance and Class

 
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Hi all,
I am new to Java Technology.Could anybody explain me what is the difference between instance and class.

Thanx in advance.
 
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Class is a type like men is a class as me, you and millions on earth. They are of instance of class men. An instance have a physical existence like me sachin and u. But the class describes the behaviour of the instance. like all men have some common things like heavy voice, a beard etc.
 
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Sun has a convenient online tutorial on basic object oriented concepts and java programming. HTH.
 
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Originally posted by agSachin Agrawal:
Class is a type like men is a class as me, you and millions on earth. They are of instance of class men. An instance have a physical existence like me sachin and u. But the class describes the behaviour of the instance. like all men have some common things like heavy voice, a beard etc.

 
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Originally posted by agSachin Agrawal:
Class is a type like men is a class as me, you and millions on earth. They are of instance of class men. An instance have a physical existence like me sachin and u. But the class describes the behaviour of the instance. like all men have some common things like heavy voice, a beard etc.



Thanx man, and looking your help in future also.
 
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Hi there,
Consider this, A class is an architectural design for a project. The instances are the actual concrete pieces that are then build based on this design. Apart from this please read the link to the tutorial given in the earlier post.

Hope it helps.
 
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A class is a structural and functional description of an object.
An object is an actual existence (instance) of that class. Different instances can have different structural features, but they all carry out the same functions basically.

Hence when you want to create a Book, you first create a class Book which has a variable called author, nameOfBook, category.

class Book
{
String author, nameOfBook, category;
Book(String a, String n, String c)
{
author = a; nameOfBook=n; category=c;
}
}

And then you create different objects of this class, such as

Book b1 = new Book("Peter van der Linden", "Just Java 2", "Software");
Book b2 = new Book("Carl Segan", "Contact", "Science Fiction");

Thus each object will be structurally similar but can have a different state, but will exhibit similar behaviour, since they all belong to the same class.
 
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Thanx all,
...got the diff. between instance and class. Ok. Now one more quetion whta is the diff. between instance methods and class methods, if possible explain me with the help of one example.
Thanx in advance.
 
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