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FIELD_ACCESS in org.eclipse.jdt.core.dom.FieldAccess *Strange behaviour [message #705381] Fri, 29 July 2011 20:07 Go to next message
john doe is currently offline john doeFriend
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I am parsing a method using AST (dom).
I take an expression from the method body and I check if it's ASTNode type is FIELD_ACCESS. I only get 'true' if I refer to an instance variable using 'this'.

For example, if I have
public class Foo {
   private int x = 10;

   public void bar() {
      x = 9;

If I create a visitor for MethodDeclarations, when my code is passed the body of method 'bar' above, I can get the x assignment statement, but the left hand operand (x) is of type 'SimpleName' whatever that is. It's type is not FIELD_ACCESS. However, if I change the statement to 'this.x = 9;' then the left hand operand is of type FIELD_ACCESS. This means that anytime I reference an instance variable in my code, I MUST prefix it with 'this' to have it recognized by my code as a FIELD_ACCESS. Is there a way around this? Thanks

[Updated on: Fri, 29 July 2011 20:08]

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Re: FIELD_ACCESS in org.eclipse.jdt.core.dom.FieldAccess *Strange behaviour [message #707022 is a reply to message #705381] Mon, 01 August 2011 06:09 Go to previous message
Satyam Kandula is currently offline Satyam KandulaFriend
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FieldAccess is used mostly when used in conjuction with 'this'. For more info, look at the javadoc associated with it.
If you want to find out if a given name reference is a field, you would have to do something like SimpleName.resolveBinding().isField().
ASTView ( is a nice plugin to show the DOM/AST of a given program. You can use this to find out means to get hold of any information of a program.
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