TimeLimitExceeded error

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    Hey guys,
    I just encounter this time limit exceed error. I have tested several inputs and it was working correctly. But when I submitted this error came out.
    I searched the Discussion and it seems that everybody built a new array to implement, for example, result[i] = result[i-1] + result[i-2]. But why cannot we just use recursive directly, climbStairs(n) = climbStairs(n-1) + climbStairs(n-2)? Anybody could help me out please?

    public class Solution {
    public int climbStairs(int n) {

        // if step == 0, return 1, that there is only one method to reach the top
        if(n == 0) return 1;
        // if the steps are 1 or 2, there are 1 or 2 methods to reach the top, respectively
        // 1 : 1
        // 2 : 1+1 or 2
        if(n == 1) return 1;
        // for steps over 2, apply recursive algorithm 
        return climbStairs(n-1) + climbStairs(n-2);


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    You should know why we use Dynamic Programming.

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    Could you explain more please? I am novice of Java. I really appreciated!

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    I mean, when I worked on Hanoi problem, this recursive implementation worked perfectly. But here in this question, cannot figure out what is wrong with the recursive algorithm. Any difference between these two questions....

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