Re: Create an Object from an Array Class

Daniel Pitts <>
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 18:04:18 -0700
Z wrote:

On Oct 30, 5:53 pm, Joshua Cranmer <Pidgeo...@verizon.invalid> wrote:

Z wrote:

I am using reflection to getmethod(methodName, Class parameters) and
invoke(object, obj[] parameters) methods from some Objects.
My problem is:
Say: I want to invoke a method that takes String[] object as parameter
(I was able to getmethod correctly). When I try to create an object
(to pass as args to invoke):
Object someObject= (Object) String[].class.newInstance();
(Note that the object is not always an instance of String[]... it
could be an instance of SomeOtherClass[])

[ From Class.newInstance(): ]
     [ ... ]
     InstantiationException - if this Class represents an abstract
class, an interface, an array class, a primitive type, or void; or if
the class has no nullary constructor; or if the instantiation fails for
some other reason.
     [ ... ]

Arrays cannot be created with a new instance, because they are a
special-case class.

My question is:
Does the "[L" at the beginning and the ";" at the end have a meaning?

Yes, this is the internal representation of the class (it means that
this is an array of java.lang.String's).

How can I solve this problem?

What you are probable intending is something like this:

Method m = Class.forName("some.pkg.Type").getMethod("main",
m.invoke(null, new String[0]);

I am using IntelliJ 6.0.5.

Java version matters, not IDE version.

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not
tried it. -- Donald E. Knuth

Thanks for the clarifications. I hope that my phrasing of the question
shows where I am stuck.

What I am intending to do is:

//here is how my program is flowing

String className = namesOfAllClasses[j]; //I have it coming through a

Class class1 = Class.forName(className);

Fields fields = class1.getDeclaredFields(); //assuming that all fields
are Class type (not primitive)

for (int i=0; i < fields.length; i++) {
    Class newClass = Class.forName(fields[i].getType().getName()); //
create a class of the field type
    Object newObject = newClass.newInstance(); //create an object of
the new field type
    Method m = newClass.getMethod(methodName, newClass); /*get method;
we can assume it's "set"+fields[i].getName()*/
    Object arguments[] = {"dummy"};
    m.invoke(newObject, arguments);

When a field is someClass[], I am facing troubles since now the
    fields[i].getType().getName() = L[;
In this case:
    Class newClass = Class.forName(fields[i].getType().getName()) is
returning with a result (no exceptions)

But using the newInstance is generating exceptions since it's a
special-case class as you explained.

You have used
m.invoke(null, new String[0]); //it gave me back a
nullPointerRxception even though it's a static method

My problem is that the second parameter in invoke does not have to be
a String type for the parameter object but is an object instance of
the L[; (object array)

Example: This method looks like this in

    public void setsomeObjectProperty([]
someObjectProperty) {
        this.someObjectProperty= someObjectProperty;

Any tips?

Thanks again for your time


First, please don't top-post. Reply after the bottom or interleaved.

Second, Don't look for set+name or get+name methods. Use the
introspection API. (java.beans.*). There is more to JavaBeans than just
a naming convention.

Also, ask yourself if you REALLY need to use reflection/introspection at
all. I wrote an article about it on my blog sometime last year

I'll post the exact link when I have a chance to look it up.

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