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Instance of JVM and Serialization

 
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Hi all,
I am confused about the term "instance of jvm" referring to this statement in K&B.

"Clearly in Java it wouldn't make any sense to
save the actual value of a reference variable, because the value of a Java reference has
meaning only within the context of a single instance of a JVM."

Please make this statement clear.What does instance of JVM mean?

thanks....
 
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http://javabeanz.wordpress.com/2007/07/09/understanding-jvm/
http://www.artima.com/insidejvm/ed2/jvm.html
 
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It means the actual JVM you have running at the moment. If you write java Foo or similar, you start a new instance of the JVM. The memory location of each object is different for different JVM instances.
 
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Yes,I do agree.But when i created a class and its object,and tried to print the value of the reference variable,each and every time i got the same value for the reference variable.So,if the memory location of objact changes each time with new instances of jvm,how come the reference varaibles value is the same?
Does reference variable's value has anything to do with object's memory location?

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To clarify your question, can you provide a piece of code?
 
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Hey Ahmed,
thanks for having a look at the question.
Actually,I found out that,no,the value of reference variable and the value of object's memory address(obj.hashCode()) changes or may change with individual JVM instances.
 
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Hi all,
One more thing to ask,does the object reference signifies in any way the object's memory location?
I guess it does,though i am not sure.

Please guide me through.

Thanks...
 
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