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

Rodrigo Gomez-Palacio
Rodrigo Gomez-Palacio
1,125 Points

What exactly does the "static" word do?

What exactly does the "static" word do?

1 Answer

samy alihamad
samy alihamad
9,690 Points

Rodrigo, You use the static keyword when you want to create a variable or method that belongs directly to a class and not an instance of that class (i.e you don't have to create an object of that class in order to use the variable or method). One example of when to use a static variable would be to keep count of how many objects have been created for a class. Here is a link that will give you some more information on this topic: http://www.programmingsimplified.com/java/source-code/java-static-method-program.

Thanks,