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start() in Thread class

 
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I'm surprised and willing to know the reason why the "start()" method is not made final in Thread class.
Please help me in understanding this.

Thank you.
 
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Personally I'm surprised the entire class isn't final.
 
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That's probably a leftover from the "old days" when they advised extending Thread instead of using Runnable. Which I agree is a bad idea.
 
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