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Java Java Objects (Retired) Meet Objects Constructors

I dont get it from here.

public PezDispenser(String characterName) { mCharacterName = characterName; }

what does it mean?

3 Answers

Hi there,

As Jeremy said, that piece of code is the constructor. Every class has one and it is run each time an instance of a class is created. It is used to set up the instance (or object, if you prefer) with whatever characteristics are required. In this case, the constructor takes a parameter that's a String. Inside the constructor, the incoming parameter is assigned to the member variable mCharacterName.

There's another post that deals with this, and other, concepts here - that may help you with additional explanations.


That line is your constructor. That is what will run first in that class. It basically takes a string input "characterName" and it sets your instance variable "mCharacterName to the name that was input when the program runs.

thanks :)

No problem! :+1: