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Can transient modifier be specified for a static variable?
Acc.to mughal,transient modifier should not be specified to a static variable,as they don't belong to a class.
I did write a code using both modifiers and it compiles and runs without any problem.
Iam a little confused,pl.clarify.
 
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"should not be" is different than "can not be" --
Transient shouldn't be applied to a static variable because it does not belong to the class... and when you serialize an object, the static variables are not serialized anyway -- so marking one as transient would be silly.
If the book said "Transient can not be applied to static variables", you'd get a compiler error.
 
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I guess he means that because static fields are not going to be serialized, it is of no use declare them as transient.
 
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Geetha
A transient variable is one that is not stored as part an objects persistent state. Since static varaibels are not serialized anyway
transient does not apply to them. Compilers will allow you to do since it doesn't make any difference one way or the other.
hope that helps
 
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Thanks for ur replies.
Read it as "can't be " ,from the book and got confused.
Got it now.
 
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whew -- look at those response times "11:43", "11:44", "11:45" -- talk about service
 
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What is even better. All the responses agree!
[ June 27, 2002: Message edited by: Jose Botella ]
 
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I type slower....
Actually, I type too quickly then have to go back and fix my mistakes so it's readable.
 
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Originally posted by Jose Botella:
What is even better. All the responses agree!


nah... what's even better is that I was first!!
 
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Hi,
Just for the info "Transient" and "volatile" are not mentioned in the objectives of the certification exam .
RHE page no 80.
Thanks
Praveen.
 
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but they can ask you if transient or volatile are java keywords. So, keep an eye on them!
Francisco
 
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