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Maximum number of lines

Ravi Tanuku

Joined: Apr 06, 2005
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Is there any limit on the maximum number of lines in a java class and a java method?
Paul Sturrock

Joined: Apr 14, 2004
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Don't think so. Why don't you write a really big method and find out?

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Jesper de Jong
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I don't know if there is a theoretical limit, but if there is, it wouldn't be very interesting to know. There certainly isn't a practical limit.

In real life, you should never write classes that are so big that the compiler can't handle them - because if the compiler can't, then the programmer certainly can't.

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Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
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There seems to be a limit of 64KB byte code within a method, which would also limit the amount of source code you can stuff into it. That's a feature of the JVM, so there's no way around it. There's a thread on this topic here.
[ September 05, 2005: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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