Thursday, 10 November 2016

Difference between Instance and Object in Java

Difference between class object and class instance in java

               
               The new operator instantiates a class by allocating memory for a new object and returning a reference to that memory. The phrase "instantiating a class" means the same thing as "creating an object." When you create an object, you are creating an "instance" of a class, therefore "instantiating" a class.

Object and Instance in Java
Difference between object and instance in Java

It is obvious to get confused by the words class object and class instance. A class is a template for an object and an object is an instance of a class. To make it clear, we can also say that the instance of a class is object.

There is no need of differentiating the words object and instance as both doesn’t make any difference when is used interchangeably.

For Example:

class Animal

Object of class Animal and instance of class Animal are same. When you create an instance of the class animal, the instance is an object and the type of that object is “class Animal”.

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