FreeKB - Java Programming Annotations
Java Programming - Annotations

In Java, an annotation is any text preceded by the @ character. Following are a few fairly common annotations.



As a practice example, this code contains two identical methods (myMethod). If the @Override annotion is not used, myMethod in the child class would behave as the main method. Using @Override instructs the compiler to use myMethod in the child class as a sub-method.

public class ParentClass {

    public void myMethod() {
        System.out.println("Parent method");

public class ChildClass extends ParentClass {

    public void myMethod() {
        System.out.println("Child method");


Sometimes, annotations are used instead of comments, since annotation can instruct the compiler to do something, where comments have not impact on the compiler.

// John Doe
// Jane Doe


An annotation can contain key value pairs.

   id = "1",
   name = "John Doe"


The same annotation can be used more than once.

@People(name = "John Doe")
@People(name = "Jane Doe")


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