How to initialise a final static String array

Cecil Westerhof <>
Sun, 18 Mar 2012 13:55:49 +0100
I want to use final for my static variables. I now do for example:
    private static final Connection conn;
    private static final Combo container;

    static {
        Connection tempConn;
        Statement tempStmt;
        try {
            tempConn = DriverManager.getConnection(
                    "jdbc:h2:tcp://localhost/~/databases/stock", "sa", "");
            tempStmt = tempConn.createStatement();
        } catch (Exception e) {
            tempConn = null;
            tempStmt = null;
        conn = tempConn;
        stmt = tempStmt;

        if (conn == null) {
            throw new Exception("Could not initialise");

The only problem I have is with my array of String.
I now have:
    private static final String[] titles = {

Because when I put it in the static block I get an error.
Beside this I can execute a statement like:
        titles[0] = "changed";

Can I get the initialisation in the static part? And in such a way
that the elements can not be changed?

Cecil Westerhof
Senior Software Engineer

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