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N Goldsmith

Joined: May 18, 2004
Posts: 22
Why can't an inner class get at the this ptr for the surrounding class?

class a{
int x;
class b{

If b has access to a's methods and variables, why can't it also get at a's this ptr somehow w/out having to explicitly pass it in to b's constructor?
Matt Fielder
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Joined: Oct 27, 2004
Posts: 158
...and ptr is code for?...
Jayesh Lalwani
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Joined: Nov 05, 2004
Posts: 502
ptr = pointer (C++ hacker language)

The answer is because inner class is an object by itself, and "this" refers to the inner class object. Do you need to access methods of your outer class from the inner class? You can always have the outer class pass it's own reference to the inner class
Mike Gershman
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Joined: Mar 13, 2004
Posts: 1272
try "a.this.x = 5;"

I assume the above statement will be inside a method or non-static initializer of class b. I also assume that "x" is an instance variable, not a local variable.

Mike Gershman
SCJP 1.4, SCWCD in process
I agree. Here's the link:
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