I tried building a method with a configurable switch statement, to test how method-local parameters and variables work when declared final. A switch statement needs constant expressions for the case statement, and the final local variables/parameters are constant. Do I get a compiler error because the case labels are potentially not constant at compile time? Here are relevant snippets of the code:
I even tried assigning a value to a local final variable through the parameters:
But I had the same error in both cases:
Is this because these final varables must be declared and initialized before compilation? I thought the answer was 'no' because you can initialize final variables through constructors with no problem. But my results tell me that I don't really understand when a final variable is a constant and when it's not. Note that assigning a local value to one of the final variables removes the compiler error: final int x = 2; Any help? Thanks! Regards, Jeff
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