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Question on Reference assignment for Interface references..

 
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source : Ethuware

Question : Interface I1 does not extend Interface I2, and also the vice versa is not true.. so when I give the compiler the following line of code,

I1 i1 = null; I2 i2 = (I2) i1; // it compiles fine.

Why does the compiler allow this assignment I2 i2 = (I2)i1; when there is clearly no inheritance between them ??



 
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compiler compiles any code unless it knows exactly that the particular casting is impossible.
In your case there can be a class which implements both the interfaces.Then both i1 and i2 can refer to an object of that class and the casting between I1 and I2 makes sense.
 
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C1 IS-A I1
C2 IS-A I2
C3 IS-A C1 and IS-A I2 from the given data
If C1 can refer to object of c3 that passes IS-A for both C1 and I2
then C1 should also be able to refer to reference of I2 isn't it?
 
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I tried compiling the code



and I receive the following errors:

C3.java:6: class, interface, or enum expected
C1 o1;
^
C3.java:7: class, interface, or enum expected
C2 o2;
^
C3.java:8: class, interface, or enum expected
C3 o3;
^
3 errors




Is this is typing error, or something else?
 
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Thanks! Got it!
 
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