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Static methods and comparing objects - class
Objects and Classes example from a Well House Consultants training course
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This example is described in the following article(s):
   • Long, Longer, Longest in Java - [link]

Source code: Film3.java Module: J706
/* A class with an overloaded constructor, a static
method, a comparator method, etc


public class Film3{

        String called;
        public int minutes;
        static int count = 0;

        public Film3 (String called, int minutes) {
                filmset(called, minutes);

        public Film3 (String called) {
                filmset(called, 125);

        private void filmset(String called, int minutes) {
                this.called = called;
                this.minutes = minutes;

        public String getcalled() {
                return called;

        public void setminutes(int length) {
                minutes = length;

        public int getminutes() {
                return minutes;

        public Film3 longer(Film3 that) {
                int m1 = this.getminutes();
                int m2 = that.getminutes();
                if (m1 < m2) return that;
                return this;

        public static Film3 longest(Film3 [] ofthese) {
                Film3 sofar = ofthese[0];
                for (int owabout=1; owabout<ofthese.length; owabout++) {
                        sofar = sofar.longer(ofthese[owabout]);
                return sofar;

        public static int getcount() {
                return count;


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