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Wrapper classes not modifiable

Ravi Kiran Va
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Joined: Apr 18, 2009
Posts: 2234

Hi ,

I have a basic question

By definition, you may not alter the value of an immutable object after its construction.

public class Main
{
public static void main(String args[])
{

Integer i1 = new Integer(9);

i1 = 10;
System.out.println(i1);

}
}


Here i am able to modify the Integer value from 9 to 10 . Then Why is this called Immutable ??



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Kevin Workman
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Joined: Sep 28, 2010
Posts: 151
You aren't modifying the Object. You're modifying what Object the variable is referencing. Like this:



The actual String Objects are not changing, but what s is referencing is changing.

Read this and its follow up article to better understand what's going on.
Wouter Oet
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Joined: Oct 25, 2008
Posts: 2700

Please UseCodeTags when posting code. You have been where long enough to know that. You're not changing the value of the Integer. You are reassigning the reference that will point to another Integer with a value of 10. Try making the reference final and than to change the value.


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