Re: Relationship between filename and classname

"Mike Schilling" <>
Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:13:48 -0700
Arne Vajh?j wrote:

Prasoon wrote:

Hi I am new to java.I want to know is there any specific reason for
the class-name in java being same as the file-name????
I know that we can save the file with a different name than the
class- name except when the class is public....but during execution
we have to give the name of the class......

But why in most of the cases file-name is same as class-name.????
Is there any specific reason for the same or just the designers of
java said so that's why????

It is much easier to find the source for a given class that way.

Besides, try and consider the implications for classloaders and
jar files if it was not the case. It would become rather messy.

That is, it's important because Java loads classes at runtime, and
needs to be able to find them easily. If Java were a statically
linked language like C or C#, where you specify the set of files used
to build an executable, there would be no strict requirement for the
class-name convention. (Though most developers still follow something
like it, so that humans can navigate through the source code.)

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