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arun singhal
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i am making a program in which i want to read a variable in a class ,that is set in other program and the variable is defined in some 3rd class.
just like we used extern in c++
Campbell Ritchie
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There's no such thing as extern is Java. If whoever designed the other class wanted you to have access to a variable, they would have supplied it, most likely as a"get" method.
Raghavan Muthu
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Just with your very first line, you can read the variable and its value of a different class by using its getter (getXXX()) method if it is an instance variable.

If it is a class-level, static variable you can access it directly by using the class name as a reference.


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Raghavan Muthu
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Moreover, you should import the class name if it is a part of a different package than that of the one you are using it.
Henry Wong
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If the variable in question, is a static variable of another class, you can do a "static import" which will make this external variable look like it was declared as a static variable of your class.

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