Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Something abt PoLymOrphISM

A most prominent interview question regd OOPs

I: What is Polymorphism?
S: (Ha ha ;D) Polymorphism is of two types runtime and compile time.
Methods of Compile time polymorphism are Function Overloading and Operator Overloading
Methods of Runtime polymorphism are virtual functions
I: Kool....What is virtual functions or Method Over riding?
S: (Super :D :D)It is possible that we can assign reference of a derived class object to base class
In Such a case if derived class implements a function with same signature as its base then an ambiguity will be arised on resolving function call
So, inorder to overcome that we use virtual functions.
I: Good... Why are they refered as runtime polymorphism? What do u mean by runtime??
S: (Pochu da :( :( ) "Actually" the resolution of function call takes place at runtime. "That is" Compiler don't know which function to call ... Blah Blah ....
I: Why should the resolution take place at runtime? Why not at compile time??
S: (Nammala inniki pottaanga :( :( :( ) new operator allocates memory dynamically so ........
I: K U can leave for the day :D :D

So, Finally a interview seemed to go good :) failed :(

I'm jus going to blaber something which might help u in this particular situation

Virtual functions are referred to Runtime polymorphism bcoz
public class animal // Abstract Class
    public void eat()
public class cat extends animal
    public void eat() { } // Implements eat
public class dog extends animal
    public void eat() // Implements eat
Some where in the code

animal a=null;
    a=new cat();
    a=new dog();
So in the above example the value of a is determined by i which can be determined only at runtime.
IFF the value of a is determined a->eat can be resolved hence they are called as runtime polymorphism

Anyother explanations are welcome :)