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soft and hard references in java

 
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are there anything called soft and hard references in java?


what are they?

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I've never heard of this terminology before, but I am far from knowing everything about the language. I hope someone else can confirm (or deny) this

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[ November 03, 2004: Message edited by: Layne Lund ]
 
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I found it .

there is nothing called hard references.

however SoftReference is a class in the java.lang.ref package.

this resource has good explnation of these references.

softreferences
 
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There are soft, weak, phantom and strong references.
By 'hard reference' I assume you mean 'strong reference'.

Failure to understand these reference types is the cause of many common resource leaks in large applications.
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