overload : Java Glossary

overload
Having two functions with the same name in the same method, but that differ in the types of their arguments. It is not legal to have two methods of the same name that differ only in their return types. Be careful. The rules for figuring out exactly which version of a method get invoked are baroque. Basically Java tries to match the most specific method for the type of the argument as known as compile time, e.g. String in preference to Object.

When you have overloaded methods, Java decides at compile time which variant method to use. Thus it must make its

In contrast, the Nice programming language does the matching at run time, based on the run-time types of the Objects.

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