Welcome to the Treehouse Community

The Treehouse Community is a meeting place for developers, designers, and programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels to get support. Collaborate here on code errors or bugs that you need feedback on, or asking for an extra set of eyes on your latest project. Join thousands of Treehouse students and alumni in the community today. (Note: Only Treehouse students can comment or ask questions, but non-students are welcome to browse our conversations.)

Looking to learn something new?

Treehouse offers a seven day free trial for new students. Get access to thousands of hours of content and a supportive community. Start your free trial today.

Java The Thing About Strings

stephen crayton
stephen crayton
206 Points

not sure what "new" is used for here

object firstObject = new Object()l

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
215,984 Points

The "new" operator constructs a new object. It's not actually needed here, since calling Object() would return a new object anyway, but it's good practice. But it would make a difference if it were being used with a simple constructor function. For example:

function con(name) { this.name = name; }

x = con("Joe");      // no errors, but x is still undefined
x = new con("Joe");  // but now, x contains an object