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 Q1. What are different ways to create String Object? Explain.Core Java
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String str = new String("abc");
String str1 = "abc";


When we create a String using double quotes, JVM looks in the String pool to find if any other String is stored with same value. If found, it just returns the reference to that String object else it creates a new String object with given value and stores it in the String pool.

When we use new operator, JVM creates the String object but dont store it into the String Pool. We can use intern() method to store the String object into String pool or return the reference if there is already a String with equal value present in the pool.

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 Q2. Why Char array is preferred over String for storing password?Core Java
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Ans. String is immutable in java and stored in String pool. Once it's created it stays in the pool until unless garbage collected, so even though we are done with password it's available in memory for longer duration and there is no way to avoid it. It's a security risk because anyone having access to memory dump can find the password as clear text.

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  Q3. What is a String Pool ?Core Java
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Ans. String pool (String intern pool) is a special storage area in Java heap. When a string is created and if the string already exists in the pool, the reference of the existing string will be returned, instead of creating a new object and returning its reference.

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 Q4. What will be the output of following Code ?

class BuggyBread {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      String s2 = "I am unique!";
      String s5 = "I am unique!";

      System.out.println(s2 == s5);
   }
}
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Ans. true, due to String Pool, both will point to a same String object.

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 Q5. How does making string as immutable helps with securing information ? How does String Pool pose a security threat ?Core Java2017-06-22 11:32:57

Ans. String is widely used as parameter for many java classes, e.g. network connection, opening files, etc. Making it mutable might possess threats due to interception by the other code segment or hacker over internet.

Once a String constant is created in Java , it stays in string constant pool until garbage collected and hence stays there much longer than what's needed. Any unauthorized access to string Pool pose a threat of exposing these values.


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 Q6. public class a {
   public static void main(String args[]){
      final String s1=""job"";
      final String s2=""seeker"";
      String s3=s1.concat(s2);
      String s4=""jobseeker"";
      System.out.println(s3==s4); // Output 1
      System.out.println(s3.hashCode()==s4.hashCode()); Output 2
   }
}

What will be the Output 1 and Output 2 ?
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Ans. S3 and S4 are pointing to different memory location and hence Output 1 will be false.

Hash code is generated to be used as hash key in some of the collections in Java and is calculated using string characters and its length. As they both are same string literals, and hence their hashcode is same.Output 2 will be true.

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 Q7. What will be the output of the following code ?

String s1 = "Buggy Bread";
String s2 = "Buggy Bread";
if(s1 == s2)
   System.out.println("equal 1");
String n1 = new String("Buggy Bread");
String n2 = new String("Buggy Bread");
if(n1 == n2)
   System.out.println("equal 2");
Core Java
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Ans. equal 1

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 Q8. Which memory segment holds String Pool in Java ?Core Java2017-01-14 20:57:22

Ans. String Pool resides in runtime constant Pool which is a part of Heap memory segment.

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 Q9. How and Why Strings are interned in Java ?Core Java2017-01-25 11:00:00

Ans. String class has a public method intern() that returns a canonical representation for the string object. String class privately maintains a pool of strings, where String literals are automatically interned.

these are automatically interned so as to have efficient String comparison using == operator instead of equals which is usually slower.

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 Q10. What will be the output of following code

Integer x = 1;
Integer y = 2;
System.out.println(x == y);

What if you change 1 to "1" and Integer to String?
Core Java2017-05-07 19:30:13

Ans. It will print "true" with integers as well as strings. The reason is "Integer constant pool" and "String pool"

String pool maintains pool of string literals. When a string literal is used for the first time, a new string object is created and is added to the pool. Upon it's subsequent usage , the reference for the same object is returned. Similarly java uses integer constant pool.

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 Q11. What will be result of following code and why

Integer int1 = 1;
Integer int2 = 1;
String str1 = new String("str");
String str2 = new String("str");
String str3 = "str";
String str4 = "str";

      
System.out.println(int1 == int2);
System.out.println(str1 == str2);
System.out.println(str3 == str4);
Core Java2017-05-08 10:15:00

Ans. true
false
true

Just like Strings, java maintains an integer constant pool too. So 1 will be maintained in integer constant pool and hence reference int2 will point to same integer in pool.

String pool is only for string literals ( defined by "" ) and not for newly created objects and hence str1 == str2 will return false as they are separate objects in memory.

String pool is used for storing string literals so that they can be reused and str3 and str4 will point to same string literal in string pool.


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 Q12. What is the purpose of String Pool ? Don't you think it's a performance overhead to have unnecessary check for string in string pool ?Core Java2017-05-13 09:05:03

Ans. String Pool makes Java more memory efficient by providing a reusable place for string literals. It might be a little performance inconvenience but results in good amount memory saving.

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 Q13. What will be the output of following code ?

String str1 = "String1";
String str2 = "String1";
System.out.print(str1 == str2);
System.out.print(str1.equals(str2));
str1 = str2;
System.out.print(str1 == str2);
Core Java
a. falsetruetrue
b. falsefalsetrue
c. truetruetrue
d. falsefalsefalse

Ans.c. truetruetrue

 Q14. Which memory segment holds String Pool ?Core Java
a. Stack
b. Heap
c. Code Segment
d. Class Segment

Ans.b. Heap



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