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Question 16 :

What is an abstract class?

Answer :

Abstract class must be extended/subclassed (to be useful). It serves as a template. A class that is abstract may not be instantiated (ie, you may not call its constructor), abstract class may contain static data. Any class with an abstract method is automatically abstract itself, and must be declared as such.
A class may be declared abstract even if it has no abstract methods. This prevents it from being instantiated.


Question 17 :

What is static in java?

Answer :

Static means one per class, not one for each object no matter how many instance of a class might exist. This means that you can use them without creating an instance of a class. Static methods are implicitly final, because overriding is done based on the type of the object, and static methods are attached to a class, not an object. A static method in a super class can be shadowed by another static method in a subclass, as long as the original method was not declared final. However, you can't override a static method with a no static method. In other words, you can't change a static method into an instance method in a subclass.


Question 18 :

What is final?

Answer :

A final class can't be extended ie., final class may not be subclassed. A final method can't be overridden when its class is inherited. You can't change value of a final variable (is a constant).


Question 19 :

What if the main method is declared as private?

Answer :

The program compiles properly but at runtime it will give "Main method not public." message.


Question 20 :

What if the static modifier is removed from the signature of the main method?

Answer :

Program compiles. But at runtime throws an error "NoSuchMethodError".