Re: inside static method - get name of class

Daniel Pitts <>
Sun, 10 Feb 2008 20:08:22 -0800
Eric Sosman wrote:

Stanimir Stamenkov wrote:

Sun, 10 Feb 2008 17:35:24 -0500, /Eric Sosman/:

    return new Throwable().getStackTrace()[0].getClassName();

That should fail to identify subclasses and I speculate the OP tries
to achieve just that but I'm not really sure because of his approach
with static method(s).

    I'm not sure what you mean by "fail to identify subclasses."
Perhaps you meant nested classes? Even so, it will produce a
name like "org.borg.assimilate.Foo$Bar".

Actually, what the O.P appears to be trying to do is to have an
inherited static method, and have that method display the class it was
called from. This is *not* possible in Java.

    It's seems a rather dubious thing to want to do, and maybe
the O.P. should reexamine his reasons for wanting to do it.
Still, give him enough rope ...

My advice to the O.P.

Don't try to be clever with class names in this way, especially not with
static methods. You can make the classes implement an interface
(perhaps called Named).

What does this all buy you anyway? Why do SomeClass.getName() when you
can do "SomeClass" instead?

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