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Java stack and heap definitions

Summary: This article provides definitions and descriptions of the Java stack and heap.

I just read a couple of emails about the concepts of a Java stack and heap, and thinking that their descriptions weren't exactly right, I decided to do a little research. There's no better source than the source, so directly from Sun's Java website, here are definitions for the Java stack and Java heap.

Java stack definition

Here's the definition of a Java stack, with a few pieces removed for clarity:

Law of Demeter - Java examples

Summary: The Law of Demeter is discussed using Java source code examples.

Whenever you talk to a good, experienced programmer, they will tell you that "loosely coupled" classes are very important to good software design.

The Law of Demeter for functions (or methods, in Java) attempts to minimize coupling between classes in any program. In short, the intent of this "law" is to prevent you from reaching into an object to gain access to a third object's methods. The Law of Demeter is often described this way: