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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Thursday January 10, 2008
08:53 AM

Java inheritance

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I've been on the new job a month as of today. Most of that time has been spent getting up to speed on Java itself.

Yesterday I was getting some weird errors out of my IDE that didn't make any sense at all. It kept saying it couldn't find a certain constructor I was expecting to be there. I vaguely remembered having a similar error last week with the command-line javac and a couple of classes I was playing with; I'd fixed it by working around it since I wasn't devoted to getting those classes perfect.

But yesterday I wanted to find out what was going on. I started Googling and digging through a Java book. Finally I realized what was happening:

Ladies and gentlemen, after nearly a month of solid Java study, I did not realize until late yesterday afternoon that while Java subclasses inherit methods, they do not inherit constructors.

Papa always said I was oblivious. :)

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  • I'm not sure I realized that either :/

    I did a whole Java project without apparently realizing it.
    • ROTFL! Now I feel better!

      I'm also still struggling with the fact that constructors aren't really methods that just happen to return a new object. In fact they don't return anything at all.

      I believe the site I found that clarified the issue of method inheritance vs. constructor inheritance stated that calling constructors methods was a bit like saying the platypus was just another mammal. But then, when I finally tracked down the statement about the lack of constructor inheritance in O'Reilly's Learni

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers