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I learned that solidity contracts and OOP (object-oriented programming) classes, such as those in Java, are similar in many aspects. They can have constructors, class methods with public/private usage, and variable declaration/initialization. Also, they can be instantiated.

Those are some similarities and maybe I got something wrong, but I am very eager to know the differences between Solidity contracts and classes in OOP.

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They are really similar, but not quite the same. The language is the same in many cases, and i think they were going for that, but there are even more fundamental differences that the fact that solidity contracts can store and send value and have a public address once deployed.

This question was asked before too, and there were some good answers. Is a smart contract analogous to an OOP class?

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