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Thread: call super method outside of 'this'

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    Default call super method outside of 'this'

    i would like to call a method defined in an ancestor class from a descendant class but outside of the scope of 'this'. The code below shows clearly what i need. The line with "INVALID!" remark shows the prolematic point. Is that call possible in any way?
    public class Base {
     private String name;
     public String getName() {
      return name; // it is for example only, it is very complex in real app
    public class Sub extends Base {
     private Sub previous; // implements an one way list
     public String getName() {
      Sub sub = this;
      while (sub.previous!=null) sub = sub.previous; // name is stored only in the first object
      return sub.super.getName(); // INVALID!
    Last edited by helloworld922; January 29th, 2011 at 01:06 PM.

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    Default Re: call super method outside of 'this'

    Why not return super.getName()? In this context there is no need for 'this'. If however, you want a reference to an object in another client and call the parent function rather than the inherited implementation, as far as I know you cannot...and I'd recommend re-evaluating the design should you find the need to do so.

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