Thursday, April 12, 2007

What is heap and stack?

The heap is the part of memory of JVM where all objects reside.

The stack is consisted of stack frames.When a thread invokes a method,the JVM pushes a new frame onto that thread's Java stack.Each stack frame is consisted of operand stack and the local variable array.All arguments,local variables,intermediate computations and return values if any are kept in these stack corresponding to the method invoked.The stack frame on the top of the stack is called the active stack frame,which is the current place of execution.When the method completes, the virtual machine pops and discards the frame for that method.

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