Re: Getting the name of an object

Patricia Shanahan <>
Wed, 13 Sep 2006 17:51:54 GMT
Hal Vaughan wrote:

I asked a similar question and was able to work it out and get some answers,
but this one is a bit harder. If I do this:

        MyObject myObj = new MyObject();

Is there any way I can, from within myObj, get the *name* of that particular
object? I know I can do this:


and I'll get "MyObject", but I would like to be able to get the name given
to that object.



myObj is not a name of the object. It is the identifier of a variable
that happens, immediately after its initialization, to contain a pointer
to the MyObject.

The connection between the two of them is very tenuous. Other fields may
refer to the same object at other times. myObj may, at other times, be
null or point to a different instance of MyObject. myObj may go out of
existence at a time when there are other references to the MyObject
instance it originally referenced.

If you wish to associate strings with objects, and be able to find the
associated string given a reference to the object, consider a
Map<MyObject,String>, possibly combined with a map in the other direction.


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