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Java: The Complete Reference™, Eighth Edition by Herbert Schildt

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CHAPTER 7A Closer Look at Methods and Classes

This chapter continues the discussion of methods and classes begun in the preceding chapter. It examines several topics relating to methods, including overloading, parameter passing, and recursion. The chapter then returns to the class, discussing access control, the use of the keyword static, and one of Java’s most important built-in classes: String.

Overloading Methods

In Java it is possible to define two or more methods within the same class that share the same name, as long as their parameter declarations are different. When this is the case, the methods are said to be overloaded, and the process is referred to as method overloading. Method overloading is one of the ways that Java supports polymorphism. ...

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