Core Java Inteview Questions

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Core Java Inteview Questions

1.   What is JVM? 

JVM stands for Java Virtual Machine. It simulates a real computer and provides the runtime environment for running java applications. 

In the first step, the java source code is converted to a byte code (binary code that can be understood by the JVM : instruction set of the JVM) by the java compiler (javac). 

This byte code is converted by the JVM into a machine code (binary). Then, the machine code is run by the computer that has the JRE installed. 

Actually, JVM interprets the byte code and runs the java program. 

It uses the class libraries, and other files provided in JRE in order to accomplish this task.

2.   What is JRE ? 

JRE is an acronym of Java Runtime Environment. 

Java Runtime Environment is an executable file that includes JVM, class libraries (util, math,etc), and other files. 

JRE doesn`t include any development tool like compiler, debugger, etc. 

JRE = JVM + Java standard classes (math, lang, util, etc) + runtime libraries 

JREs are available for download in Oracle website. There are many versions for each hardware configuration (32 bits/ 64 bits) or operating system (windows, linux, Mac OS, etc).

3.   What is JDK ? 

JDK stands for Java Development Kit.

It is an executable or a set of tools created by sun Microsystems that is used for creating java application. 

JDK=JRE+ java compiler (javac) + debugger + other development tools. 

4.   What is a JIT compiler? 

JIT compiler stands for Just In Time Compiler. 

A JIT compiler runs after the program has started and compiles the code (usually bytecode or some kind of VM instructions) on the fly (or just-in-time, as it`s called) into a form that`s usually faster, typically the host CPU`s native instruction set. 

A JIT has access to dynamic runtime information whereas a standard compiler doesn`t and can make better optimizations like inlining functions that are used frequently. 

This is in contrast to a traditional compiler that compiles all the code to machine language before the program is first run (check this link for more details stackoverflow). 

5.   What is the extension of a source file in java? 

The extension of a source file in java is “.java” 

6.   What is byte code? 

The byte code is different from the machine code. 

This is a binary code that the JVM can understand and interpret. The byte code is written in the instruction set of the JVM.

The JVM is like a real computer that has a CPU having an instruction set. This instruction set is used inside the byte code.

7.   What is the extension of a compiled file in java? 

The extension of a compiled file in java is “.class”. This file contains 

8.   What is a platform? 

A platform can be software (Operating system, etc) or a hardware platform (hardware architecture, CPU family, etc).

9.   Why JAVA is platform independent? 

The JVM is platform dependant whereas our java code is platform independent. 

The Java executable file for desktop applications is an executable Jar (Java Archive). 

This Jar file is an archive (a compressed file that contains .class files). You can unzip it like any rar or zip archive 

We can break platform independency when we write a program that looks for specific OS related files or when using JNI (Java Native Interface).

10.              What is a classloader? 

The class loader is a piece of software packaged in the JRE. Its role is to dynamically load Java classes into the JVM. 

JVM must at least include one class loader which is the primordial (or bootstrap) class loader. 

The classes are loaded in java when needed. The first class loaded is the one that has a static main method.

11.    What is classpath? 

The Java Virtual Machine must know where to find the project`s compiled classes. 

It is not appropriate that the JVM looks through every folder on your machine in order to find your compiled classes. 

So, we have to provide the JVM with the directories to use to look up for our compiled classes. 

This is done by putting those directories in the classpath. 

So, the classpath contains the paths used by the JVM (classloader) in order to find our compiled classes or the libraries used.

12.              What are the default values of attributes in a class?

 When accessed before their initialization, the attributes of a class take a default value based on the type of each attribute: 

·       Numeric types attributes (int, float, double, etc) take zero as a default value.

·       Reference type attributes take null as a default value.

13.              What are the default values of local variables declared inside methods? 

Those variables have whatever value when accessed before their initialization. We can`t predict their values before their initialization.

14.              How many public classes can be put per source file? 

Only one public class per source file is allowed.  

15.              What are the allowed visibility modifiers for a class? 

The allowed modifiers for a class are nothing or the public modifier. 

16.              What is the default visibility of an attribute or a method? 

When declaring an attribute in a class without specifying its visibility, it has the default visibility. The default visibility is the package visibility.

17.              What is the this keyword in java? 

This keyword contains a reference to the current class. 

18.              What is a constructor? 

A constructor is a method that initializes the attributes of an object when it is created. The constructor is called when using the new keyword.

19.              What are the characteristics of a constructor? 

A constructor is a method inside a java class that respects those conditions: 

·       Has the same name as the class

·       Has no return type

20.              What is a default constructor? 

The default constructor is the constructor that has no arguments. This constructor is automatically generated by the compiler if we don`t write it explicitly.

When overloading constructor, the compiler will not auto-generate the default constructor for us. So, we should write the default constructor by ourselves. 

This can cause many problems when using the well known frameworks like hibernate, spring, etc

21.              Do child classes inherit the constructor of parent classes? 

No, the constructor is not inherited. We can call the constructor of the parent class explicitly using the super keyword.

22.              Can we overload a constructor? 

Yes, a constructor can be overloaded.


23.              Can we override a constructor? 

No, overriding concept is related to inheritance. The constructor is not inherited.

24.              Can we make a constructor final? 

No, a constructor cannot be final.

25.              What means a final class? 

We cannot make child classes from this class. We cannot inherit from a final class.


26.              What means a final method? 

The method cannot be overridden. 

27.              What is blank final variable? 

The variable is constant. We cannot change its value once it is initialized.


28.              What is blank final variable? 

This is a variable declared as final and not initialized when declaring it.


29.              Where a blank final variable can be initialized?

The blank final variable should be initialized in the constructor of the class if it is not static. 

If it is static, we should initialize it in a static block. 

If we don`t respect these rules, we will get an exception.   

30.              Can we declare the main method as final? 



31.              What is an abstract class? 

It is a class that has the abstract keyword in its declaration. This class cannot be instantiated. It is created to be inherited.

A class that has at least one abstract method is an abstract class.

32.              What is an abstract method? 

It is a method that has no implementation and is marked with the abstract keyword. 

33.              What is method overriding? 

Method overriding is used when creating a method that is provided in the parent class in a child class. This concept is tightly related to inheritance.

34.              Is it possible to override static method? 

NO, we can`t override static methods because they belong to the class itself and not to the instance.

35.              Is it possible to override the overloaded method? 

Yes, there is no problem.


36.              What is method overloading?

Method overriding is used inside a single class. It is used when creating, in the same class, many methods that have the same name but differ by the list of arguments.

37.              How method overloading enhances the readability of a program? 

Method overloading enhances the readability of a program because we aren`t forced to create method of different names that make the same thing.

38.              Is it possible to overload methods by changing the return type? 

No, keeping the same list of parameters and changing only the return type will cause a compiler error.

39.              Is it possible to overload the main method ? 



 40.              Do virtual methods exist in java? 

For those who are familiar with C++, virtual methods are used to make dynamic binding. They are related to the polymorphism concept. 

In JAVA, all the methods are virtuals. 

41.              What is difference between method Overriding and method Overloading ?


Method Overloading

Method Overriding

Inside the same class

In the child classes: related to inheritance

Different parameters list

Same parameters list


42.              What is inheritance? 

A class B inherits from class A. The class B inherits some attributes and method from the class A under certain conditions (public and protected members are inherited).


In this case, class A is called the parent class (super class) and class B is called the child class.

So, the child class can use the inherited members without having to copy/paste them in the code of the class.

43.              What is the purpose of inheritance in OOP? 

The inheritance allows the reuse of the code of the parent class inside child classes.

44.              What is the super class of all the classes in java ?


The Object class.


45.              What is the super keyword in java?


The super keyword is used inside the child class to call a method present in the parent class explicitly using the dot notation.


We can call a constructor present in the parent class using the super keyword.


46.              Can we use both this() and super() in a constructor? 

No, because each one among the two calls needs to be the first statement.


47.              Does JAVA allow multiple inheritance?




48.              What replaces multiple inheritance in java ?


The use of interfaces



49.              What we can put in an interface?


We can put inside an interface:


·       final variables

·       abstract methods: we can omit the abstract keyword

50.              What        is       the     difference   between     abstract         classes     and interfaces ?

Abstract class


abstract classes has abstract methods and implemented methods. So, the child class needs only to implement the abstract

The implementing class must implement all the methods of the interface or it will be


methods to be non abstract.


abstract classes don`t have this restriction.

The interface can only have final data.

Multiple inheritance is not allowed for classes.

An interface can inherit from many interfaces

The abstract keyword must be used

The abstract keyword is not used even when declaring methods.



51.              What is static variable?


A static variable belongs to the class itself whereas instance variable belongs to an instance created from this class.


The static variable is shared between all the instances of a class. It is accessed using the class name and the dot notation.


Example: ClassName.staticVariableName


52.              What is static method?


A static method belongs to the class itself whereas instance method belongs to an instance created from this class.


The static method can be called without creating an instance of the class. It is accessed using the class name and the dot notation.


Example: ClassName.staticMethodName(params)


We can`t use not static attributes inside a static method and vice versa.


53.              Why main method is static?


We don`t need to create an object from the principal class in order to call the main method.

54.              What is static block?


It is a bloc of code (instructions present between curl braces) marked with the static keyword.


It is used in a class to initialize static attributes in the class loading phase.

55.              What is composition?


We have composition when we use an attribute of type ClassB inside a classA.



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