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Clases and their methods?

Ahmer Arman
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Joined: Nov 23, 2001
Posts: 6
Hi Java Friends,
If I declare any class static then what their methods will behave. do they behave like static methods or else.

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Dave Vick
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Ahmer
The only type of clas you can declare as static is a nested class. A static inner class can be considered the same as a normal class so the methods in the class would be uneffected by the static modifier. Except that they would not be able to access member variables of the enclosing class because the class they are part of is a static member. In a sense it is like making all of the static inner classes methods static. But is becasue of the nature of the iner class not becasue of the static modifier on the class itself. Although it is due tot he static modifier that the class is static...
hope that helps

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Bill Siggelkow
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Joined: Jun 27, 2001
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You cannot declare a class to be static -- only methods and variables.


Bill Siggelkow
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Bill, as mentioned by Dave, you can declare an inner class as static.
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