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Note that the only way to access an "anonymous inner class" is through the reference of the super class (Popcorn in the current case.) Since Popcorn class doesnot know "sizzle" method, there is no way you can call sizzle method on the anonymous inner class just created.
Note: Please do not tell you are getting an error like the one below >>>Food.java:23: cannot resolve symbol symbol : class Food$1 location: class Food perchance you meant 'Food.1' ((Food$1)p).sizzle(); ^ 1 error > Terminated with exit code 1.
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Happy Homeworking [ September 14, 2006: Message edited by: febians sh ]
First overridding means, you are defining a method which is of same signature of your parent method. In your Anon. Class the sizzle() is not an overriding method and you are assiging it to Pop type, so you can't access it.
1) Reference type super class can't access, new methods of its subclasses. 2) Reference type attributs always referes to Class type of reference. 3) Reference type methods alwyas referes to Reference type class even type is of Super Class.
I know they are confusing, but just read three times.
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Your first solution is a hack - you should not require a successful compilation without the hack so as to get the hack to compile. Also it goes against Sun's recommendations to use knowlege of anonymous classes generated by the compiler.
The second solution using Reflection is correct but that is beyond the scope of SCJP.
For SCJP examination purposes the answer is "you cannot call sizzle() through the reference to the anonymous class". [ September 14, 2006: Message edited by: Barry Gaunt ]