Re: Discover all the enum elements during runtime

Lew <>
Thu, 17 May 2007 11:04:28 -0400
<> wrote:

Is there any way I can retrieve all the elements members inside an
enum, during runtime? Thank you.


The compiler automatically adds some special methods when it creates an enum. For example, they have a static values method that returns an array containing all of the values of the enum in the order they are declared. This method is commonly used in combination with the for-each construct to iterate over the values of an enum type.


In addition, if E is the name of an enum type, then that type has the following implicitly declared static methods:

* Returns an array containing the constants of this enum
* type, in the order they're declared. This method may be
* used to iterate over the constants as follows:
* for(E c : E.values())
* System.out.println(c);
* @return an array containing the constants of this enum
* type, in the order they're declared
public static E[] values();

You should read these links in their entirety before attempting to use enums.
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