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Offline pago

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« Posted 2005-10-23 11:59:31 »

I was looking for information about the java.nio.ByteBuffer class and noticed that it has a lot of abstract methods. What confuses me is that you can create a ByteBuffer object by calling the static ByteBuffer.allocate or ByteBuffer.allocateDirect methods, and then use the abstract methods on this object. Erhm... how is that possible?

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ByteBuffer bb = ByteBuffer.allocateDirect(4); 
bb.putInt(10); // ByteBuffer.putInt(int) is an abstract method, still I can use it :/

System.out.println(bb.getInt(0)); // calling yet another abstract method =|


Here's a link to the ByteBuffer reference: http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/api/java/nio/ByteBuffer.html
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« Reply #1 - Posted 2005-10-23 12:11:32 »

That's because the object you get from ByteBuffer.allocateDirect() is a subclass of ByteBuffer, that implements the abstract methods.

Try:
String realClassName = bb.getClass().getName();

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2005-10-23 12:12:17 »

I would suspect the object passed back from allocate() isn't actually a ByteBuffer but a sub-class that implements the abstract methods.

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2005-10-23 12:57:34 »

Yea, you guys are right, it returns a DirectByteBuffer object.
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