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Java Java Objects Delivering the MVP Forum

Make sure you add a private String field to the User class named firstName...

I thought using

"this.firstName = firstName; " in User.java

makes the field private..

but ...I keep on getting this error message.

public class User {
  // TODO: add private fields for firstName and lastName

  public User(String firstName, String lastName) {
    // TODO: set and add the private fields

  this.firstName = firstName;
  this.lastName = lastName;

  public String getFirstName ()  {
    return firstName;
  public String getLastName() {
    return lastName;
  // TODO: add getters for firstName and lastName


[MOD: edited code out for brevity - srh]

1 Answer

Hi there,

At the top of the User class where the TODO comment is, you want to declare two private member variables that are of type String; the challenge tells you their names.

The addition of this inside the constructor doesn't make them private. And you can't assign anything to this.firstName unless the class has a member variable called firstName.

It would look like this:

public class User {
  // TODO: add private fields for firstName and lastName
  private String firstName;
  private String lastName;

Let me know how you get on.