Re: Why can't i declare a static variable in a static method?

Jim Korman <>
Fri, 16 Nov 2007 03:45:58 GMT
On Thu, 15 Nov 2007 23:08:37 GMT, Roedy Green
<> wrote:

On Thu, 15 Nov 2007 02:12:18 -0800 (PST), ZelluX <>
wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who said :

for example,
class Test {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
       double radius = 5;
       static double PI = 3.15169;
       double area = radius * radius * PI;
       System.out.println("Area is " + area);

I can't figure out why it is wrong

I have asked Sun to make that legal. It would give you a static
variable accessible only by one method. It would not even need a
change to the JVM, just the compiler. Perhaps you could submit an RFC.


For now you must define a private static variable accessible to all
methods in the class.

I'm not sure I'm seeing how a method scoped static would be used.

Is the idea that the value would maintain its value between calls to
the method, but keep the scope local to the method? If so how
would you keep the declaration from overwriting the previously set


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