class RetOb {
public static void main(String args[]) {
Test ob1 = new Test(2);
Test ob2;
ob2 = ob1.incrByTen();
System.out.println("ob1.a: " + ob1.a);
System.out.println("ob2.a: " + ob2.a);
ob2 = ob2.incrByTen();
System.out.println("ob2.a after second increase: "
+ ob2.a);
The output generated by this program is shown here:
ob1.a: 2
ob2.a: 12
ob2.a after second increase: 22
As you can see, each time incrByTen( ) is invoked, a new object is created, and a reference
to it is returned to the calling routine.
The preceding program makes another important point: Since all objects are dynamically
allocated using new, you don't need to worry about an object going out-of-scope because the
method in which it was created terminates. The object will continue to exist as long as there is
a reference to it somewhere in your program. When there are no references to it, the object will
be reclaimed the next time garbage collection takes place.
Java supports recursion. Recursion is the process of defining something in terms of itself. As
it relates to Java programming, recursion is the attribute that allows a method to call itself.
A method that calls itself is said to be recursive.
The classic example of recursion is the computation of the factorial of a number. The
factorial of a number N is the product of all the whole numbers between 1 and N. For
example, 3 factorial is 1 2 3, or 6. Here is how a factorial can be computed by use of a
recursive method:
// A simple example of recursion.
class Factorial {
// this is a recursive method
int fact(int n) {
int result;
if(n==1) return 1;
result = fact(n-1) * n;
return result;
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