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How to get address of String object?

 
Sam Drake
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Hi,
Say I have the following statement:
String s1 = "abc";
How can I get the address of the memory for the variable s1?
I'm a beginner with a C background.
Drake.
 
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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You can't, at least not in the Java language (or in any code running on the JVM itself.) Java's pointers aren't addresses. The concept of pointer/address equivalence is not part of the JVM architecture.
In C/C++ code using the Java Native Interface (JNI), which Java code can call out to, you can get a more or less opaque handle to the JVM's data structure representing that String object, but it's not really "a pointer to the String", either.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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