Java language oddities

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While learning Java, you’ll occasionally encounter a language behavior that leaves you puzzled. For example, what does expression new int[10] instanceof Object returning true signify about arrays? In this post, I’ll examine some of Java’s language oddities.

Arrays are objects

A long time ago, while writing about message formatters, I encountered something strange in Java’s java.text.MessageFormat standard library class. Consider the following pair of formatting methods:

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