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enum within a method?

Prash Negu
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I was wondering why we cannot declare an enum within a method when a class can be declared in a method?

Can anybody advise?

Ulf Dittmer

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Only anonymous classes can be declared inside of methods. How would you use an anonymous enum?

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Moojid Hamid
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:Only anonymous classes can be declared inside of methods.

It compiles and runs fine.
Devaka Cooray
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Both anonymous and local inner classes can be defined inside a method, as Moojid demonstrated in his example.

In Java literature, we can say that enums are implicitly static. Because we can use it as Apple.bigApple, where Apple is an enum type. You know that static declarations (declarations of static variables/static classes) are not valid inside a method. Therefore we couldn't declare enums inside a method local. But this is a *one* reason only. There are some other technical reasons rely on that.

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