You cannot override a method just by using the same name

In this example we shall show you why you cannot override a method just by using the same name. We are using two classes as described below:

  • Class A has a method, char func(char a) that returns a char value. It also has a method, float func(float f) that returns a float value.
  • Class Bart extends A and has a method, func(int m) that prints outs the given int value.
  • We create a new instance of Bart and call the func() method, using as parameters a char, a float and an int. The func() method is not overriden in class Bart, but it is inherited to Bart. The class can use both the methods of class A and its own func() method according to the parameter passed,

as described in the code snippet below.  

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

class A {

    char func(char c) {


  return 'd';

    float func(float f) {


  return 1.0f;

class Bart extends A {

    //notice tha this function is not overriden
    void func(int m) {


public class Name {

    public static void main(String[] args) {

  Bart b = new Bart();







This was an example explaining why you cannot override a method just by using the same name in Java.

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2 years ago

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