What is the difference between a Class and an Object in Java?

This article is solely for all beginner programmers, who are learning object oriented programming language e.g. Java, C++ or C# and aspire to do well on any programming interview. The difference between class and object is one of the most common questions, you would like to ask a fresher coming out from college or training institute, but you would be surprised how many beginner Java programmers struggle with this question. Class and Object are two pillars of Object Oriented Programming (OOPS) and a good understanding is a must, but when you ask this question apart from the theoretical and bookish answer that "class is a blueprint and objects are actual things created out of that blueprint", you would hardly get anything substantial. Though that answer is correct and works perfectly, it doesn't differentiate between a programmer, who has just mugged the answer, or the one who truly understand the difference between class and object.

Difference between String literal and New String object in Java

The String class or java.lang.String is a special class in Java API and has so many special behaviors which are not obvious to many programmers. In order to master Java, the first step is to master the String class, and one way to explore is checking what kind of String related questions are asked on Java interviews. Apart from usual questions like why String is final or equals vs == operator, one of the most frequently asked questions is what is the difference between String literal and String object in Java