Java 5: Static import

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To access a static member in earlier Java versions we needed to write the class name first followd by the name of the static member. For example to access the static method max of the class Math, we wrote the statement as follows: Math.max(3, 6). The static import allows you to access the method max directly as follows: max(3, 6);. In order to do so you need to import the method as shown below:

import static java.lang.Math.max;

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Example 1: Static import code

What is the output of the following code?

// import the static methods
import static java.lang.Math.max;
import static java.lang.Math.min;
import static java.lang.System.out;

public class StaticImport
  public static void main(String args[])
    /* use max(22, 32) instead 
     * of Math.max(22, 32)
    int maximum = max(22, 32);
    /*use min(-3, 1) instead 
     * of Math.min(-3, 1)
    int minimum = min(-3, 1);
    /* use out.print instead 
     * of System.out.print
    out.print(maximum + ", ");
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Answer explanation

The correct answer is: 32, -3.

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