[Tutor] class variables
alan.gauld at blueyonder.co.uk
Fri Jun 25 14:22:05 EDT 2004
> >From what you and Magnus have mentioned it seems that a so called
> variable can be created in a class scope or in a method scope. Which
> makes sense.
No, sorry not quite.
static variables in Java equate to class variables in Python.
THese are completely different to the local variables that you
can create inside a method. Local variables dissappear after
the method finishes executing. class variables are there for
as long as the class (not just the instances!) exists.
BTW static is a pretty meaningless term in Java, it is really
borrowed from C++ which borrowed it from C to indicate a
variable created on the memory heap as opposed to the stack.
It was statically located in memory. Since this doesn't apply
in Java the term static is kind of pointless!
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