Re: Inserting In a List

Lew <>
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:14:27 -0700 (PDT)
Wanja Gayk wrote:

Lew says...

Wanja Gayk wrote:

I do find the term "final variable" a bit clumsy though, because in my=


view these are constants. Unfortunately in the Java world, we're callin=


these "constants" only, if they're marked "static". Technically that's=



That is not correct Java terminology. There is nothing in the Java defin=


of "constant expression" or "constant variable" that requires a static c=

"A variable of primitive type or type String, that is final and initiali=

zed with a

compile-time constant expression (=A715.28), is called a constant variabl=


Well, Lew, I guess you pretty much understand what I mean, it's the same =


I understood you to mean that to be called a "constant" in Java that the th=
ing would
have to be static. That is not the same thing at all.

The term "constant variable" is a moronic oxymoron, it can be

Regardless of your emotional reaction to the term, that is the term.

either variable or constant. It's like saying "I have a fixed movable

The word "variable" in computer science does not mean "can vary". It means=
"a named location that can hold a value."

device" - no, you haven't, you have a fixed device, by fixing it you
have removed the "movable" nature entirely.

It's nothing like that at all.

You yourself make this clear in another post:

Wanja Gayk wrote:

"lipska the kat" says...

This is what I don't get, if it's a named bin that can be refilled why=


do you _decorate_ it with final.

It's because it is not meant to be refilled, ever, that's what you call=


a constant.

You are arguing both sides of the fence.

It does not say "final, static and ...".

I might be used to the terminology used in the Eclipse IDE when you use=


the refactoring "extract constant" you'll get a static final field.

"Extract constant" in Eclipse as a refactoring action does indeed extract t=
o a
static constant variable.

That does not mean that static variables are the only ones that can be cons=
It just means that the wizard implements the common use case.


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