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String in VM string-pool

 
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[From javacoding.net mock exam] :
How many Strings are in the VM string-pool after executing this code fragment :

The answer is 2.
Could anybody explain this ?
I though that in the case above, only 1 string literal is store in the VM string-pool.
 
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Well you know that if 2 String references have the same string value at compile time due to the use of a String "literal" if you can call it so, then they both share the same String object, they both point to the same String, this happens in the first 2 lines of code.
In the third line, you instruct the compiler to construct a "new" object of type String with a value - maybe equal to another existing string in the string pool - and assign the reference to a String variable.
String S3 = new String("The same existing String")
result is 2 string objects.
HTH
 
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At last week's New England Java Users' Group, Joshua Bloch said that there never should have been a String(String s) copy constructor. Since strings are immutable there is no reason ever to make a copy of one.
 
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