8.4. Referring to the Current Object’s Members with the this Reference
Every object can access a reference to itself with keyword this (sometimes called the this reference). When a non-static method is called for a particular object, the method’s body implicitly uses keyword this to refer to the object’s instance variables and other methods. As you will see in Fig. 8.4, you can also use keyword this explicitly in a non-static method’s body. Section 8.5 shows another interesting use of keyword this. Section 8.11 explains why keyword this cannot be used in a static method.
Figure 8.4. this used implicitly and explicitly to refer to members of an object.
1 // Fig. 8.4: ThisTest.java 2 // this used implicitly and explicitly to refer to members ...