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Getting the class name from a static method in Java

How can one get the name of the class from a static method in that class. For example

public class MyClass {
    public static String getClassName() {
        String name = ????; // what goes here so the string "MyClass" is returned
        return name;

To put it in context, I actually want to return the class name as part of a message in an exception.



In order to support refactoring correctly (rename class), then you should use either:

 MyClass.class.getName(); // full name with package

or (thanks to @James Van Huis):

 MyClass.class.getSimpleName(); // class name and no more
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