Thursday, May 5, 2011



The Java error "invalid method declaration; return type required" can occur for any of the following reasons:

1. You are trying to define a constructor (of course without any return type; not even void)  but the constructor name is not given same as the class name.

See the wrong code below:

public class Employee
{
 private int id;
 private String name;
 public employee(int id,String name) // constructor name is not same as the class name.
 {
  this.id = id;
  this.name = name;
 }
}


So check the spelling of the constructor name and also note that Java is a case sensitive language.

2. If you are really defining a method (not a constructor) you have forgotten to declare the return type as the wrong code given below:


public class Test
{
public aMethod() // no return type given
{
System.out.println("This is a method");
}
}

The correct code is:


public class Test
{
public void aMethod() // return type void is given now
{
System.out.println("This is a method");
}
}




If the above solutions do not work for you. Please comment below giving your code. I'll try to respond.

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