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Unable to understand reason for ClassCastException

 
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Please can someone explain why I get a class cast exception



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Hi,

because at runtime "a" refers to an "Animal" object, which you can't cast to a Horse.

This one would work :

 
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Thanks Mehmet !
 
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You need an "instanceof" test before the downcast to ensure, otherwise, it will throws an exception.

See my post and discussion on a similar topic for more info.
https://coderanch.com/t/544105/java-programmer-SCJP/certification/downcasting-or-upcasting-ref-variable

Reread K & B on "Reference Variable Casting (Objective 5.2)" Chapter 2 page 116 for more insight and test the new code to clear your doubt.

Hope it help...
 
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Priyadarshan Kelkar wrote:Please can someone explain why I get a class cast exception



Thanks in advance.


because a is not an instance of Horse ...in order to downcast it should have been upcasted before ,, like
 
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