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Latest Java Interview Question and Answers

1. What is Java?
A high-level programming language developed by Sun Microsystems. Java was
originally called OAK, and was designed for handheld devices and set-top boxes.
Oak was unsuccessful so in 1995 Sun changed the name to Java and modified
the language to take advantage of the burgeoning World Wide Web.
2. what are the main features of java?
The main features of java are
Compiled and Interpreted
Object oriented
Robust and secure
Type safe
High Performance.
3. What are pass by reference and passby value?
Pass By Reference means the passing the address itself rather than passing the
value. Passby Value means passing a copy of the value to be passed.
4. What is the Java API?
The Java API is a large collection of ready-made software components that
provide many useful capabilities, such as graphical user interface (GUI) widgets.
5. What is the Java Virtual Machine (JVM)?
The Java Virtual Machine is software that can be ported onto various hardware-
based platforms.
6. What is variables and then types?
Variables is an identifier that denotes a storage location used to store a data
values.unlike constants that remain unchanged during the execution of a
program, a variable may takes different values at different times during the
execution of the program.
Instance variables
Class variables
Local variable
7. what is dot operator?
The dot operator(.) is used to access the instance variables and methods of class
objects.It is also used to access classes and sub-packages from a package.
Examples :
Person1.age ---------> Reference to the variable age
8. Define strings?
Strings represent a sequence of characters.The easiest way to represent a
sequence of characters in java is by using a character array.
9. What is serialization?
Serialization is the process of converting a objects into a stream of bytes.
10. What are different types of access modifiers?
Access specifiers are keywords that determine the type of access to the member
a class.
11. What is an abstract class?
Abstract class is a class which contain one or more abstract methods, which has
to be implemented by sub classes. An abstract class can contain no abstract
methods also i.e. abstract class may contain concrete methods.
12. what are class variables
Class variables are global to a class and belong to the entire set of objects that
class creates. Only one memory location is created for each variable.
13. What is the Collection interface?
The Collection interface provides support for the implementation of a
mathematical bag - an unordered collection of objects that may contain
14. What must a class do to implement an interface?
The class must provide all of the methods in the interface and identify the
interface in its implements clause.
15. What is the Collections API?
The Collections API is a set of classes and interfaces that support operations on
collections of objects.
16. What is an array?
Array is a group of related data items that share a common name.For instance,
we can define an array name salary to represent a set of salaries of a group of
Examples : salary[10]
17. What is a list iterator?
The List and Set collections provide iterators, which are objects that allow going
over all the elements of a collection in sequence. The java.util.Iterator interface
provides for one-way traversal and java.util.ListIterator is an iterator for lists
that allows the programmer to traverse the list in either direction (i.e. forward
and or backward) and modify the list during iteration.
18 What is the main difference between a String and a StringBuffer class?
String is immutable : you cant modify a string object but can replace it by
creating a new instance. Creating a new instance is rather expensive.
StringBuffer is mutable : use StringBuffer or StringBuilder when you want to
modify the contents. StringBuilder was added in Java 5 and it is identical in all
respects to StringBuffer except that it is not synchronized,which makes it slightly
faster at the cost of not being thread-safe.
19. When to use serialization?
A common use of serialization is to use it to send an object over the network or if
the state of an object needs to be persisted to a flat file or a database.
20. What is the main difference between shallow cloning and deep cloning of
Java supports shallow cloning of objects by default when a class implements the
java.lang.Cloneable interface.
Deep cloning through serialization is faster to develop and easier to maintain but
carries a performance overhead.
21. What are wrapper classes?
primitive data types may be converted into object types by using the wrapper
classes contained in the java.lang package.
Exampes : int, float, long, char, double
22. What is the difference between an instance variable and a static variable?
Class variables are called static variables. There is only one occurrence of a class
variable per JVM per class loader.When a class is loaded the class variables are
Instance variables are non-static and there is one occurrence of an instance
variable in each class instance.Also known as a member variable or a field.
23 Where and how can you use a private constructor?
Private constructor is used if you do not want other classes to instantiate the
object and to prevent subclassing.The instantiation is done by a public static
method (i.e. a static factory method) within the same class.
24. What is type casting?
Type casting means treating a variable of one type as though it is another type.
Examples :
int m = 5;
byte n =i;
25. What is a user defined exception?
User defined exceptions may be implemented by defining a new exception class
by extending the Exception class.
26. What is an instanceof operator?
Instanceof is an object reference operator and returns true if the object on the
left-hand side is an instance of the glass given to the right hand side.This
operator allows to determine whether the object belongs to a particular class or
27. What are runtime exceptions?
Runtime exceptions are those exceptions that are thrown at runtime because of
either wrong input data or because of wrong business logic etc. These are not
checked by the compiler at compile time.
28 What is the difference between an interface and an abstract class?
An abstract class may contain code in method bodies, which is not allowed in an
interface. With abstract classes, you have to inherit your class from it and Java
does not allow multiple inheritance. On the other hand, you can implement
multiple interfaces in your class.
29. what is a package?
A package is a namespace that organizes a set of related classes and
interfaces.The classes contained in the packages of other programs can be easily
reused.Packages, classes can be unique compared with classes in other
packages.That is, two classes in two different packages can have the same
30. Why do threads block on I/O?
Threads block on i/o (that is enters the waiting state) so that other threads may
execute while the i/o Operation is performed.
31. What is the List interface?
The List interface provides support for ordered collections of objects.
32. What is the Vector class?
The Vector class provides the capability to implement a growable array of
33 What is the base class of all classes?
34 What is the importance of static variable?
static variables are class level variables where all objects of the class refer to the
same variable. If one object changes the value then the change gets reflected in
all the objects.
35. What is the difference between a while statement and a do while statement?
A while statement checks at the beginning of a loop to see whether the next
loop iteration should occur. A do while statement checks at the end of a loop to
see whether the next iteration of a loop should occur. The do whilestatement will
always execute the body of a loop at least once.
36. Describe life cycle of thread?
A thread is similiar to a program that has a single flow of control.A thread is a
execution in a program. The life cycle of threads are
Newborn state
Runnable state
Running state
Blocked state
Dead state
37. What is an Applets?
Applets are small java programs that are primarily used in Internet computing.
They can be transported over the internet from one computer to another and run
using the Applet Viewer or any web browser that supports java.
38 What are wrapped classes?
Wrapped classes are classes that allow primitive types to be accessed as
39. What is the difference between an if statement and a switch statement?
The if statement is used to select among two alternatives. It uses a boolean
expression to decide which alternative should be executed. The switch statement
is used to select among multiple alternatives. It uses an int expression to
determine which alternative should be executed.s
40. What modifiers are allowed for methods in an Interface?
Only public and abstract modifiers are allowed for methods in interfaces.
41. What is the difference between method overriding and overloading?
Overriding is a method with the same name and arguments as in a parent,
whereas overloading is the same method name but different arguments.
42. What do you mean by polymorphism?
Polymorphism means the ability to take more than one form. fro example, an
operation may exhibit behaviour in different instances. The behaviour depends
upon the types of data used in the operatiom.
43 What is the difference between an abstract class and an interface?
Abstract class Interface - Have executable methods and abstract methods.Can
only subclass one abstract class
Interface - Have no implementation code. All methods are abstract.A class can
implement any number of interfaces.
44. What is the purpose of finalization?
The purpose of finalization is to give an unreachable object the opportunity to
perform any cleanup processing before the object is garbage collected.
45. What is the difference between a break statement and a continue statement?
Break statement results in the termination of the statement to which it applies
(switch, for, do, or while).
A Continue statement is used to end the current loop iteration and return control
to the loop statement.
46. When is a method said to be overloaded and when is a method said to be
Overloading deals with multiple methods in the same class with the same name
but different method signatures.
Overriding deals with two methods, one in the parent class and the other one in
the child class and has the same name and signatures.
47. How is final different from finally and finalize()?
Final - constant declaration.
The finally block always executes when the try block exits, except System.exit(0)
finalize() is a method of Object class which will be executed by the JVM just before
garbage collecting object to give a final chance for resource releasing activity.
48. What is Byte Code?
All Java programs are compiled into class files that contain bytecodes. These byte
codes can be run in any platform and hence java is said to be platform
49. What is the difference between error and an exception?
Exception means When a method encounters an abnormal condition (an
exception condition) that it cant handle itself, it may throw an exception.
ssError mens system doesnt handle.For example:Overflow,Out of memory.
50. What if the main method is declared as private?
When a method is declared as private, the program compiles properly but it will
give runtime error Main method not public.
51. What type of parameter passing does Java support?
In Java the arguments are always passed by value.
52. What is singleton?
It is one of the design pattern. This falls in the creational pattern of the design
pattern. There will be only one instance for that entire JVM. You can achieve this
by having the private constructor in the class.
53. What is Locale?
A Locale object represents a specific geographical, political, or cultural region.
54. What is the difference between constructors and normal methods?
Constructors must have the same name as the class and can not return a value.
They are only called once while regular methods could be called many times and
it can return a value or can be void.
55. What is the difference between static and non-static variables?
A static variable is associated with the class as a whole rather than with specific
instances of a class.
Non-static variables take on unique values with each object instance.
56. What is the difference between java and c++?
Java is a true object - oriented language while c++ is basically c with object-
oriented extension.
C++ supports multiple inheritence but Java provides interfaces in case of multiple
Java does not support operator overloading.
Java does not have template classes as in c++.
java does not use pointers.