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Java Java Objects Delivering the MVP Forum

What does the "this" keyword refer to?

CodeExample: public class Point { public int x = 0; public int y = 0;

public Point(int x, int y) {
    this.x = x;
    this.y = y;


So in this code does this "this.x" refer to "public int = 0;" or the "int x" within the parameter of the constructor Point.

2 Answers

james south
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james south
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when you call the constructor of this class, you are creating a Point object. Each Point has an x and a y coordinate. This refers to the object itself, so when you create your first Point, say at (4,5), its x will be 4 and its y will be 5. So this.x means that this object's x coordinate will be what you pass in for the x for that object. When you create your second Point, this will refer only to the second Point.

Fatemah Tavakoli
Fatemah Tavakoli
13,797 Points

The "this" keyword refers to the current context. It is mostly used to differentiate between the fields of the object and the passed parameters in case they have matching names.