How do I define a constant variable?

To define a constant in Java, use final modifier which combined with static modifier. The final modifier indicates that the value of this field cannot change.

If you change the value of the constant, you need to recompile the class to get the current value. Other feature in Java that provide similar functionality is enumeration (a list of named constants). You can simply create an enumeration by using the enum keyword.

package org.kodejava.example.fundamental;

public class ConstantDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        int sunday = DayConstant.SUNDAY;
        System.out.println("Sunday = " + sunday);

        String dozen = MeasureConstant.DOZEN;
        System.out.println("Dozen  = " + dozen);
    }
}

class DayConstant {
    public final static int SUNDAY = 0;
    public final static int MONDAY = 1;
    public final static int TUESDAY = 2;
    public final static int WEDNESDAY = 3;
    public final static int THURSDAY = 4;
    public final static int FRIDAY = 5;
    public final static int SATURDAY = 6;
}

class MeasureConstant {
    final static String UNIT = "unit";
    final static String DOZEN = "dozen";
}

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