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The copy of instance variable live within each instance of a class.
But where do static variable live?.since there is only one copy of the class.
within which object the static variable lives.
 
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Static variables do exist within the class memory, it has nothing to d with the instance memory.
 
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every variable either instance or static will live within the object.each instance variable will have a seperate copy within each object.
Then an static variable should also be within the Class Object of the class. i think so.
I may be wrong also.
 
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Static variable are accessible to all instances no doubt. They are stored in Data Segment(book says so!). Wel it does not make sence to giv a copy of static variable to each instance after all we need only one variable then why to duplicate the code?
 
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I could also be off the mark here, but I thought that static variables were accessible without ever instantiating an object. If you never instantiate one then there wouldn't be any "instance" for it to be a part of. I think it is in some other sort of memory pool where classes are loaded but I have no idea where that might be.
 
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