Monday, February 17, 2014

Class/static variables in java

6:45 PM

Class variables also known as static variables are declared with the static keyword in a class, but outside a method, constructor or a block.
 There would only be one copy of each class variable per class, regardless of how many objects are created from it.
 Static variables are rarely used other than being declared as constants. Constants are variables that are declared as public/private, final and static. Constant variables never change from their initial value.
 Static variables are stored in static memory. It is rare to use static variables other than declared final and used as either public or private constants.
 Static variables are created when the program starts and destroyed when the program stops.
 Visibility is similar to instance variables. However, most static variables are declared public since they must be available for users of the class.
 Default values are same as instance variables. For numbers, the default value is 0; for Booleans, it is false; and for object references, it is null. Values can be assigned during the declaration or within the constructor. Additionally values can be assigned in special static initializer blocks.
 Static variables can be accessed by calling with the class name . ClassName.VariableName.
 When declaring class variables as public static final, then variables names (constants) are all in upper case. If the static variables are not public and final the naming syntax is the same as instance and local variables.


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