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Hi sir!
My doubt is on call stack and stack trace in java.
Call stack: “The call stack is an internal list of all the methods that are currently executing.”
Stack trace: ”It is a list of all all the methods in call stack.”
According to above definitions Stacktrace contains list of all the methods in call stack.
Then what is the difference between call stack and stack trace?
Please explain the difference.

A call stack also includes all local variables at each method along with the location in each method and is used while the program is running.

A stack trace is only methods and their location (not variables). The stack trace is generated from the call stack and is used for diagnosis purposes.


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Artemus Harper


I have a Masters in computer science. I can answer questions on core J2SE, swing and graphics. Please no questions about JSP or J2ME.


I have experience in Core Java, good background in Java swing/gui, some experience with JNI, Java reflection. Some experience in bio-informatics. Basics in c++ and c#

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MS in Computer Science from Washington State University and a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Central Washington University.

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