Java 8: Method references

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The feature method references is included in JSE8. The lambda expression is used sometimes to create anonymous methods. When a lambda expression only invoke an existing method, it is better to refer the method by using its name. For more info click here to read Oracle’s explanation.

Kinds of method references

  1. Reference to a static method: Class::static method name.
  2. Reference to an instance method: Object::instance method name.
  3. Reference to a constructor: Class name::new.

Example: Reference to a static method

Example 1: Java method references

What happens if the following code is compiled and run?


public interface MsInterface
  void print(String message);

public class Employee
  public static void getMessage(String m)
    System.out.println("Name: " + m);
  public static void main(String[] args)
    // A static method reference
    MsInterface ms = Employee::getMessage;
    /* Invoking the interface
     *  method print

Author: Sar Maroof

Select the correct answer.

Answer explanation

We passed the name Emma to the method print. So, the statement System.out.println(“Name:  ” + message); writes: Name: Emma. to the standard output.

The correct answer is: a.

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  1. We passed the name Emma to the method print. So, the statement System.out.println(“Name: ” + message); writes: Name: Emma. to the standard output.
    Print in turn calls the static method getMessage with argument as m and this is possible because of Java8

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