Java JVM Method Invocation

Posted on 2013-02-01
Last Modified: 2013-02-01
Method Invocation
When the following Java code is run by the JVM, what is the order of method invocation? Assume the class Foo has not been loaded yet.
new Foo().getName();

a) <init>, <clinit>, getName
b) getName, <clinit>, <init>
c) <clinit>, <init>, getName
d) None of the above
Question by:javaagile
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We're not allowed/here to do your homework. Sorry.

Author Comment

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this is not homework. I need to understand what happens in jvm internally when a method is invoked.
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Thanx 4 axxepting
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Expert Comment

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Hi javaagile,

This is one of those cases where "try it and see" would have been the best advice anybody could give you. You could have done something like this and found the answer in much less time:

public class Foo
      System.out.println("In <clinit>");

   public Foo()
      System.out.println("In <init>");

   public void getName()
      System.out.println("In getName()");

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If you're really interested in learning and using Java, you'll do thousands of little investigations just like this. Best get used to it, if you ask me.

Author Comment

ID: 38845449
Thanks CPColin, I knew this execution order but was not familiar with terms like <clinit> and <init>

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