Instance qualifier for static access warning and anonymous classes

Tagir Valeev amaembo at
Fri Apr 29 14:54:10 UTC 2022


Consider the following code:

public class Demo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        var obj = new Object() {
            static void foo() {
                System.out.println("Static method of anonymous class");
        };; // Cannot replace instance qualifier with class reference

With -Xlint:static, javac reports the following warning: warning: [static] static method should be qualified by
type name, <anonymous Demo$1>, instead of by an expression; // Cannot replace instance qualifier with class reference
1 warning

It's questionable whether this warning should be reported at all, as
it's impossible to call the static method of anonymous class with
class name qualifier. But in any case, suggesting to use `<anonymous
Demo$1>` as a qualifier is invalid.

With best regards,
Tagir Valeev.

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