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Discussion on Static Nested Classes

Larsen Raja
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Joined: Nov 28, 2011
Posts: 58

I would like to share my views and your views on Static Nested Classes.

From my analysis, I comclude that static Nested Classes are similar to a spearate non-inner class except it has a few privileges.

For ex:
Static Nested Classes can access static members of enclosing class witout namespace. To say, this behaviour is exaclty like a static method enclosed in a class.

Please share your views.


Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 37950
It should all be in the Java Language Specification, but the Java Tutorials are easier to understand.
Roberto Perillo

Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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I myself avoid inner classes and static stuff as much as possible.

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Winston Gutkowski

Joined: Mar 17, 2011
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Roberto Perillo wrote:I myself avoid inner classes and static stuff as much as possible.

Actually, I find static nested classes (I don't like the term 'inner') very useful, because it defines exactly what I want: a class that only has meaning within the context of another class, and which should probably be qualified with it when used from outside (eg, AbstractMap.SimpleEntry).


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Stephan van Hulst

Joined: Sep 20, 2010
Posts: 3578

I agree, static nested classes can be great, especially when they're completely for the convenience of their enclosing class (like a tuple, or some other aggregation of data). In this case, you don't have to give them any methods, you can just use them as records and access their private fields directly.
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