Comparing Java behaviour to other non-java apps like e.g. Reaper DAW, one observes that Reaper community has grasped this rule so that Reaper is requesting permission everywhere. It means the Reaper user does not need to think about it after accepting these requests in Apple System Preferences security. If you have not yet installed Apple's Java OS X 2012-006 update, then you are still using a version of Apple Java 6 that includes the plug-in and the Java Preferences app. See 'Note for Users of OS X that Include Apple Java 6 Plug-in'. There can be multiple JDKs installed on a system, as many as you wish. Now, next, and beyond: Tracking need-to-know trends at the intersection of business and technology. Apr 15, 2019 Java is a programming language and platform commonly used in a number of websites and applications. When Java is not enabled, you can experience difficulty with viewing or using certain websites and applications. To use Java, you must have the add-on enabled through the Java Control Panel, and also through your Internet browser.

Constant in programming is a variable that never changes.

Today I’ll tell you about declaring constants in Java.


Java doesn’t have a special keyword to define a constant.

const is reserved keyword (you can’t use it as a name of a variable for example), but it’s unused.

So to declare a constant in Java you have to add static final modifiers to a class field.


You should follow Java constant naming convention – all constant variables should be in upper case, words should be separated by the underscore.

Declaring Constants Class In Java

Sometimes programmers are defining constants in a separate class in Java

First of all, it’s a really bad idea to create a single class for all constants in your project.

Constants should be related to each other.

For example, I have a UserController, that contains endpoints to work with users.

Each endpoint has a binding to specific URL.

So I can create a class with Java string constants that contains user controller bindings.

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The best practice of defining constants class in Java is:

  • Add a final attribute to class to restrict inheritance.
  • Add a private no-args constructor to forbid new instance creation.

Defining Constants in Java Interface

All fields in the interface are constants.

By default, each variable in the interface is public static final and you can’t change it.

I’ll change our UserBinding to an interface.


But defining constants in the interface is a bad practice.

It’s called Constant Interface Antipattern.

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Joshua Bloch in his book “Effective Java” said:

The constant interface pattern is a poor use of interfaces. That a class uses some constants internally is an implementation detail. Implementing a constant interface causes this implementation detail to leak into the class’s exported API. It is of no consequence to the users of a class that the class implements a constant interface. In fact, it may even confuse them. Worse, it represents a commitment: if in a future release the class is modified so that it no longer needs to use the constants, it still must implement the interface to ensure binary compatibility. If a nonfinal class implements a constant interface, all of its subclasses will have their namespaces polluted by the constants in the interface.

There are several constant interfaces in the java platform libraries, such as . These interfaces should be regarded as anomalies and should not be emulated.

So my recommendation is to use class for constants.


Tips & Tricks

If you’re using Intellij IDEA to write a code I have 3 live templates for you:

psf + TAB generates public static final.

psfs + TAB generates public static final String.

psfi + TAB generates public static final int.

Learn your favorite IDE shortcuts and live templates to increase your productivity.

Since OS X 10.7 Java is not (pre-)installed anymore, let’s fix that. As I’m writing this, Java 11.0.9 is the latest LTS (Long Term Support) version and AdoptOpenJDK is one of the best places to find Prebuilt OpenJDK Binaries. Easy to follow details about how to install OpenJDK are available here.

However, the easiest way is to select OpenJDK 11 (LTS), the HotSpot JVM, and macOS x64 is to get the latest release here:

Select macOS and x64 and download the JDK (about 190 MB), which will put the OpenJDK11U-jdk_x64_mac_hotspot_11.0.9_11.pkg file into your ~/Downloads folder

Clicking on the pkg file will install into this location: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/adoptopenjdk-11.jdk

Almost done. After opening a terminal, the successful installation of the JDK can be confirmed like so:

… hopefully showing something like this:

JAVA_HOME is an important environment variable and it’s important to get it right. Here is a trick that allows me to keep the environment variable current, even after a Java Update was installed. In ~/.zshrc, I set the variable like so:

In previous macOS versions, this was done in ~/.bash_profile. Anyway, open a new terminal and verify:

Source Code

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The source code of the Java Platform, Standard Edition 11 Reference Implementations binaries is available under the GPLv2 in a single zip file.

API Specification

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The API Specification of the Java Platform, Standard Edition and Java Development Kit
can be found here: