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Java Java Data Structures Getting There Class Review

why return "mBody" over "body" in getBody?

I know my code is right but I do not understand why we cannot return "body" instead of "mBody." After all didn't we set them equal to each other in earlier lines?

package com.example;

import java.util.Date;

public class BlogPost { 
private String mAuthor;
private String mTitle;
private String mBody;
private String mCategory;
private Date mCreationDate;

public BlogPost(String author, String title, String body, String category, Date creationDate){
  mAuthor = author;
  mTitle = title; 
  mBody = body;
  mCategory = category;
  mCreationDate = creationDate;
  public String getBody(){
    return mBody; 
Mike Papamichail
Mike Papamichail
4,883 Points

Hello there!

You must return mBody since inside the constructor you assign the body's value to the mBody variable.

CAUTION: You are not setting them equal, you're just assigning the body's value-that was passed in during instantiation-to the mBody variable.And since mBody is a private field, other classes can't access it's value so we must create a getter method that returns it's value to the caller!

Hope this helps clarify a few things.Let me know what you think.

1 Answer

this helped alot, thank you!

Mike Papamichail
Mike Papamichail
4,883 Points

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