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Hi ranchers,
I am preparing for the SJCP.When i attend mock exam on javacertificate.com.
In Following Quetion static variable connectionCounter
is incremented in non static method increment().

1.public class ConnectionPool {
2. public static int connectionCounter = 0;
3. public ConnectionPool() {
4. increment();
5. }
6. private void increment() {
7. connectionCounter++;
8. }
9. public static void main(String[] args) {
10. ConnectionPool cp = new ConnectionPool();
11. cp.connectionCounter = 0;
12. ConnectionPool pool = new ConnectionPool();
13. System.out.println (cp.connectionCounter + " " +
14. pool.connectionCounter);
15. }
16.}


1. Compilation succeeds, the output is 0 1
2. Compilation succeeds, the output is 1 1
3. Compilation succeeds, the output is 1 0
4. Compilation succeeds, the output is 0 0
5. Compile time error, the member variable connectionCounter is not visible.
Ans 2
Is this one correct? If yes please explain the reason.
Thanks,
Sen
 
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Hi Sen,
As connectionCounter is static, both cp.connectionCounter and pool.connectionCounter refer to the *same* variable.
If you swapped lines 11 and 12, the answer would be "0 0".
Regards,
Phil.
 
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hi Sen,
answer is correct and what phil explained is absolutely rigth.
As the varisble connectionCounter is declared static, there exists only one copy of this variable for all the objects. separate copy doesnot exist for each object.
so, for the first time when u create an object cp , value of connection counter variable will be 1(since u called the increment() method in the constructor).When u set the connectionCounter to 0 at line 11, the value of the connectionCounter will be 0.
Again when u create one more object of the class ConnectionPool then again the connectionCounter variable is set to 1( same as explained above).
since there exists only one copy of the static varaible , both cp.connectionCounter and pool.connectionCounter will be 1.
Hope this will help u.
 
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the answer is right, the static variable is shared by all the objects you create from that class, so if you change it to the first object then the second object is definitely affected...
 
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I got it!!!
Thanks a lot ranchers..
Smiles
Sen
 
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