Handling circular dependency in <clinit>

Archie Cobbs archie at whistle.com
Mon Oct 19 16:28:59 PDT 1998

Senthil Kumar writes:
> Suppose in class A's <clinit>, we instantiate class B
> and in the <init> for class B, we instantiate class A.
> How is this handled?
> As I see it, to instantiate class B in class A's <init>
> somehow the <clinit> for class A has to complete.
> I am at a loss to see how the JVM might be handling 
> this problem.

There's no way out of this problem, and the JVM spec
allows for it by letting the JVM instantiate the A object
even though the Class A <clint> is not finished (I believe).


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