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Anonymous versus Declared inner classes

 
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Hello All, What is the advantage of using an anonymous inner class over a declared inner class?
 
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I know of no technical advantages of one over the other as far as speed, resources used, etc, but for very small classes that are not reused, anonymous inner classes may make the code simpler and easier to read (for some) since the functionality of the class is held right where you're wanting to use it. Overuse and inappropriate use will have the opposite effect.
 
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It is quicker to write. If you are going to use objects of that class in several places, however, or similar objects, you are probably better of with a declared and named class (inner or top-level).
 
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Thank you!
 
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You're welcome
 
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