Class Initialization and Inheritance

By Raul Rios

Class and instance initializers are blocks of code outside constructors or methods. A class can have any number of initializers. They can be anywhere in the class body and are called in the order that they appear in the source code. Class initializers (also called static initialization blocks) use the ..Continue Reading

Interfaces

By Raul Rios

An interface is a reference type similar to an abstract class but it can contain only: Constants. All fields defined in an interface are implicitly public, static, and final (these modifiers can and should be omitted) Abstract methods to be implemented by classes implementing the interface. Except for default methods, ..Continue Reading

Abstract Methods and Classes

By Raul Rios

Abstract classes are usually meant to share pieces of implementation and to be extended:

Abstract methods are methods declared without an implementation (no body and semicolon at the end).

An important thing to remember about abstract methods is that if a class has one or more abstract methods then ..Continue Reading

Polymorphism

By Raul Rios

In order to try and explain the important topic of polymorphism in Java, I will use the following class hierarchy as an example:

Given this class hierarchy, what could we say about MobileDevice? It’s a descendant from Device (and implicitly from Object) so we could say: A MobileDevice is a ..Continue Reading

Inheritance

By Raul Rios

Excluding Object, which has no superclass, every Java class has one and only one direct superclass. That superclass is implicitly Object if no other superclass is specified using the reserved word extends. If class B extends from class A, then the subclass B inherits the accessible members from the superclass A. ..Continue Reading