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    Splanger is offline Member
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    Default Inner Classes...

    Hello, again)

    In the Oracle's tutorial of the Inner Classes, it says:

    To instantiate an inner class, you must first instantiate the outer class. Then, create the inner object within the outer object with this syntax:

    OuterClass.InnerClass innerObject = InnerClass();
    and after that, they bring an example with some program, which has inner class - array iterator.
    here is itself.

    But I can't find there any sign of the Inner Class Constructor...
    So, how the inner class can be instantiated, if it has no constructor? Which constructor becomes default for it?

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    pbrockway2 is offline Moderator
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    The inner class is InnerEvenIterator. It has a constructor, all classes do. If there no constructor explicitly given in the code then a no argument constructor that does nothing is assumed.

    The use of the constructor is in the printEven() method:

    Java Code:
    public void printEven() {
        //print out values of even indices of the array
        [color=blue]InnerEvenIterator iterator = InnerEvenIterator();[/color]
        while (iterator.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(iterator.getNext() + " ");
    The differences are that the outer class is not named explicitly ie it is "InnerEvenIterator iterator = ..." instead of "DataStructure.InnerEvenIterator iterator = ...". That's because the printEven() method is actually part of the DataStructure class. Also "this" is used where the example code has "outerObject": in printEven() this is the outer object (and it is the only variable there is for this object).
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