why final local variables are only accessed by local inner class
Joined: Jul 11, 2001
The instance of the anonymous class may live longer than the method, and therefore longer than the local variable. To circumvent this live time problem, the instance actually gets a *copy* of the local variable. If you were allowed to change the local variable, that could lead to confusing inconsitencies between the original and the copy inside the instance of the anonymous class. Therefore you are not allowed to change the value of the local variable - it needs to be final.
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