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Lillian Martin

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Posted on    November-13-2014 12:28 AM

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For simplicity I will use a basic example.

If I am using a record (struct) in my Java program like so:

public class Store{

  class Product{

    final int item1;

    final int item2;

    final int item3;


and I create a constructor for my class that will take values to represent the value of each item:

  public Store(int[] elements) {

     Product x = new Product();

     x.item1 = elements[0];

     x.item2 = elements[1];

     x.item3 = elements[2];



The compiler gives me two errors:

"The blank final field item1 may not have been initialized

"The final field cannot be assigned"

I understand that we can not re-assign values to constants, but is there a way to assign values to uninitialized constants?

Kamlakar Singh
Kamlakar Singh

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Posted on    November-13-2014 3:35 AM

The only way is to assign such values in the constructor, so you would need to add a constructor to your structure class:

class Product{

    Product(double item1, double item2, double item3) {

        this.item1 = item1;

        this.item2 = item2;

        this.item3 = item3;


    final double item1;

    final double item2;

    final double item3;


And then use it in the rest of your code:

public Store(int[] elements) {

    Product x = new Product(elements[0], elements[1], elements[2]);

Modified On Nov-13-2014 03:38:24 AM

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