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Static binding question

 
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I took this example from the study guide titled "java 6 and j2ee 1.5 Black Book"



The book states that since the method signatures are identical, the compiler fails to bind the methods to their definitions, and it is done at run time. But the problem is that these methods are declared static. To the best of my knowledge static methods are bound at compile time. Which one is right?
 
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I think static methods are not overridden ..!!
 
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Oceana, have you tried running the code?
 
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Yes the output is

Square of the given value: 25.0
Area of the rectangle: 30.0

Tried with nulls, no difference.

I dont know how a study guide could make such a huge error.
 
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Saral is right. Fields and static members cannot be overridden, only shadowed. The reference type determines which one is called, not the actual type.
 
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Rob Spoor wrote:Saral is right. Fields and static members cannot be overridden, only shadowed. The reference type determines which one is called, not the actual type.



Hi Rob,

Yeah agreed ..!!
 
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