Re: What does the "import" statement do for the program on earth?

"Andrew Thompson" <>
14 Dec 2006 23:49:30 -0800
Friday wrote:

Sub: What does the "import" statement do for the program on earth?

I guess you mean...

Sub: What on earth does the "import" statement do for the program?

(Note that while 'what on earth(?)' is a common
expression of surprise, once it is broken up
throughout a sentence, it can take on quite different
& ..comical meanings)

   I don't understand what the the "import" statement do for the
program clearly.
   For example, I just write a program like this:

      import java.util.HashMap

         import java.util.Date;

      class MyClass
          { ...

                HashMap map = new HashMap();
                Date currentTime = new Date();
                java.sql.Date timeForDB = new java.sql.Date(
                   System.currentTimeMillis() );


   In my opinion, the computer first copy all the code of the
"java.util.HashMap" class to
my program,then go down to the next .
  Isn't it?


Have a look at the additions I made to your simple example.
I imported java.util.Date as well, and in the constructor,
made three instances, one each of the imported classes,
and an SQL Date as well.

Because I have 'informed the compiler'* to expect
java.util.HashMap's and Date's, I do not need to use
the 'fully qualified class name' when referring to them.

Since java.sql.Date was *not* imported, I must use
the fully qualified name when either refering to it, or
instantiating it.

If I had imported *both* types of Date, then I
would have to distinguish between them (using the
fully qualified name) each time.

* 'inform the compiler' is basically all an import is doing.

Andrew T.

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