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What is Enum?

Mrutyunjaya Sahu

Joined: Oct 02, 2011
Posts: 1
Hey all,

I'm beginner to Java, could anybody explain about Enum with an example please?

Thanks in advance....

Stephan van Hulst

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Hello, welcome to CodeRanch!

Enums are lists of constants. When you need a predefined list of values which do not represent some kind of numeric or textual data, you should use an enum. For instance, in a chess game you could represent the different types of pieces as an enum:

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Wouter Oet
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Also see the oracle tutorial about enums.

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