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  • How to retrieve Java interfaces by using the getInterfaces() method

    In Java, an interface is a set of functionalities that an object of a given class is expected to implement. A class is said to implement an interface when it contains all the methods defined in the interface. An interface can extend another interface, thus there are hierarchies of interfaces similarly to class hierarchies. Differently from the single inheritance model characterizing relationships between classes, a class can implement more than one interface, and an interface can extend more than one interface.

    Thejava.lang.Class class provides a method to retrieve the interfaces implemented in a given class. This method is calledgetInterfaces() and returns an array (possibly with zero length) of Class objects representing the different interfaces implemented by a given class. It is worth noting that Class objects can refer not only to Java classes, but also to interfaces. If a Class object represents an interface, calling getInterfaces() on it returns an array with all the interfaces extended by this interface.