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Java object reference from string

Posted on 2006-07-17
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In some languages you can use a string as an object reference.

For example, in ActionScript:

var foo = "bar";
_global[foo] = "baz";

Is the same as saying

_global.bar = "baz";

Is this possible in Java, and if so what's the syntax?

Thanks,
Matt.
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No, you can't do that. I think you're looking for something to manage name-value pairs, where you want to grab the value associated with a name. In the example above, the name is "bar" and the value is "baz". If that's the case, you can use java.util.map:

    String myKey = "bar";
    String myValue = "baz";
    myMap.put(myKey, myValue);


    String val = (String) myMap.get(myKey);
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Using a Map was my backup plan. Thanks bpmurray
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