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Difference between a soft reference and a weak reference in Java

Jeson84Jeson84 USAPosts: 90Member

Please explain me the difference between a soft reference and a weak reference in Java?

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  • academicsacademics indiaPosts: 1Member

    Weak reference is a reference which is not strong enough to force an object to remain in memory. Weak references allow the programmer to leverage the garbage collector's ability to determine reachability. As a result of it, we dont want to do it ourself. Soft reference is similar to a weak reference, only exception being that it is less eager to throw away the object to which it refers

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