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This Page compares Java and C++ for the benefit of persons having familiarity with C++ and making the transition to Java.

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This module, which presents some of the similarities and differences between Java and C++, is provided solely for the benefit of those students who are already familiar with C++ and are making the transitionfrom C++ into Java.

If you have some familiarity with C++, you may find the material in this module helpful. If not, simply skip this module and move on to the nextmodule in the collection.

In general, students in Prof. Baldwin's Java/OOP courses are not expected to have any specific knowledge of C++.

This module is intended to be general in nature. Therefore, although a few update notes were added prior to publication at cnx.org, no significant effort hasbeen made to keep it up to date relative to any particular version of the Java JDK or any particular version of C++. Changes have occurred in both Java andC++ since the first publication of this document in 1997. Those changes may not be reflected in this module.

Similarities and differences

This list of similarities and differences is based heavily on The Java Language Environment, A White Paper by James Gosling and Henry McGilton and Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel, which was freely available on the web when this document was first published.

Java does not support typedefs , defines , or a preprocessor . Without a preprocessor, there are no provisions for including header files.

Since Java does not have a preprocessor there is no concept of #define macros or manifest constants . However, the declaration of named constants is supported in Java through use of the final keyword.

Java does not support enums but, as mentioned above, does support named constants . (Note: the enum type was introduced into Java sometime between the first publication of this documentand Java version 7.)

Java supports classes , but does not support structures or unions .

All stand-alone C++ programs require a function named main and can have numerous other functions, including both stand-alone functions and functions that are members of a class. There are no stand-alone functions in Java. Instead, there are only functions that are members of a class, usually called methods.However, a Java application (not a Java applet) does require a class definition containing a main method.

Global functions and global data are not allowed in Java. However, variables that are declared static are shared among all objects instantiated from the class in which the static variables are declared. (Generally, static has a somewhat different meaning in C++ and Java. For example, the concept of a static local variable does not exist in Java as itdoes in C++.)

All classes in Java ultimately inherit from the class named Object . This is significantly different from C++ where it is possible to create inheritance trees that are completely unrelated to one another. All Java objects contain the eleven methods that are inherited from the Object class.

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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