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1.3.2. How to generate getters and setters
Last updated: 25 January 2013.

Getters and setters are generated by clicking Source -> Generate Getters and Setters. An example follows.

For this tutorial, you can create a package named com.javaperspective.tutorials.practice in which you will create the classes to use as examples in this and the next tutorials. Once you have created the package com.javaperspective.tutorials.practice, create a class named Point that only contains two fields and a toString method as shown below:

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To generate getters and setters, just right-click anywhere in the editor, and click Source -> Generate Getters and Setters as shown below:

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In the next dialog box, for each private field, select the methods you want to generate and click OK:

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The getters and setters are generated as shown below:

package com.javaperspective.tutorials.practice;

public final class Point {

   
private int x;
   
private int y;

   
public String toString(){
         
return ("Point : x = " + x + ", y = " + y);
   
}

   
public int getX() {
         
return x;
   
}

   
public void setX(int x) {
         
this.x = x;
   
}

   
public int getY() {
         
return y;
   
}

   
public void setY(int y) {
         
this.y = y;
   
}

}

If you want to generate a getter and a setter for a single private field, you have to select it, right-click it and click Source -> Generate Getters and Setters.

The next tutorial will show you how to use the Eclipse debugger.


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