Re: What is the difference between a name of an object and a reference to an object?

Daniel Pitts <>
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 13:21:16 -0700
Lew wrote:

Stefan Ram wrote:

Patricia Shanahan <> writes:

a reference can be stored in a variable or field that does have a name.
Nitpick: A non-null reference is a pointer to an object.

  Nitpick: A field /is/ a variable, so there is no need
  for ?variable or field?.

  Variables are typed storage locations.

     ?A variable is a storage location and has an associated type?

    JLS3, 4.12

  There are variables without names: The components of an array.

Variables (sometimes) have names; objects don't.

public class MyNamedObject {
    final String name;
    MyNamedObject(String name) { = name; }

    public static void main(String...args) {
        System.out.println(new MyNamedObject("Bob"));

    public String toString() {
      return "Lew was wrong, my name is " + name + ".";

:-) Objects don't have intrinsic names.

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