Re: Searching for a notion
Stefan Ram wrote:
?out? is a field of the class ?java.lang.System?,
?println? is a method of the object ?java.lang.System.out?.
Both classes and objects each can have fields and methods.
Fields and methods of a class are called ?static?,
fields and methods of an object are called ?non-static? (or so).
Is there a supernotion for both classes and objects that
means something like
?an entity that can have fields and methods?,
so that classes and objects are subnotions of this supernotion?
^ / \ ^
(In a sense a class is an object, but is more like a singleton
with static lifetime. However, a class is not an object in the
strict JLS sense of the word object, so I can't use ?object?
for this notion.)
In this sort of context, I would use "Java object" for things that are
specifically designated as objects in the JLS, and "object" for anything
that has fields and methods:
^ / \ ^
Java class Java object
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