FAQ: Java: Introduction to Classes - Introduction to Classes

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I still don’t get what a class is, so could someone please explain it in a simple way?

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What is a class?

Thank you for your help!

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In the example given, we can access field value from main method (ex: inventoryCount) by calling method.inventoryCount for example cookieShop.inventoryCount then we get the value of 12.
But we cant access whole inventoryCount value because it it will give: error: non-static variable inventoryCount cannot be referenced from a static context. Why is that? Is there way to call/get the one of instance field value (ex: whole value of inventoryCount) rather than by calling each method?