Loading refers to the process of finding the binary form of a class or interface type with a particular name, perhaps by computing it on the fly, but more typically by retrieving a binary representation previously computed from source code by a Java compiler, and constructing, from that binary form, a
Class object to represent the class or interface.
The precise semantics of loading are given in Chapter 5 of The Java Virtual Machine Specification, Java SE 7 Edition. Here we present an overview of the process from the viewpoint of the Java programming language.
The binary format of a class or interface is normally the
class file format described in The Java Virtual Machine Specification, Java SE 7 Edition ...