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The 'this' keyword

Alan Smith
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Joined: Oct 19, 2011
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Hi all,

I just came across this method in a piece of code I am maintaining:

I regards to the 'this' reference... I understand that 'this.BACKING_LIST' is a reference to this classes field called BACKING_LIST. What I don't understand is the 'return this' statement. What does 'this' refer to here? Does it refer to the BACKING_LIST that was referenced on the previous line; in other words could that line be re written as 'return this.BACKING_LIST;'?

Yogesh Gnanapraksam
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Joined: Dec 17, 2009
Posts: 133
this is a reference to the current object

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Just try printing 'this' to the console..
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