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final variables in Java
  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 22 Mar, 2017

In Java, when final keyword is used with a variable of primitive data types (int, float, .. etc), value of the variable cannot be changed.

For example following program gives error because i is final.




public class Test {
    public static void main(String args[]) {
        final int i = 10;
        i = 30; // Error because i is final.
    }
}

When final is used with non-primitive variables (Note that non-primitive variables are always references to objects in Java), the members of the referred object can be changed. final for non-primitive variables just mean that they cannot be changed to refer to any other object




class Test1 {
   int i = 10;
}
  
public class Test2 {
    public static void main(String args[]) {
      final Test1 t1 = new Test1();
      t1.i = 30// Works
    }
}

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