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Java Java Objects Meet Objects Constructors

What does the "this" keyword do to the constructor?

So in my code, my question is that does the "this" keyword directing to the private string or the argument string inside my constructor?

MY CODE: class PezDispenser{ private String characterName ;

public PezDispenser(String characterName){ this.characterName = characterName; }

public String getCharacterName(){ return characterName;

} }

2 Answers

1,638 Points

Actually the this keyword refers to the current object or variable. In our case it refers to the above variable (private String characterName) rather than one used as parameter in the constructor (public PezDispenser(String characterName){........}).

james south
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james south
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the this keyword refers to the object itself, so when you call the constructor and feed it a name, the object you construct will have that name. if you make another object, called with another name, that object will have that name, etc.