#include "MyClass.h"

void setup()
  // MyClass.MyStaticMethod();

Both uncommented lines work, but the commented (when uncommented, of course) results in this error: expected unqualified-id before '.' token.

Now, I know this is because of the incorrect scope-resolution. Yet, how come Serial manages to call static functions without the need to use :: to correction to scope-resolution.

How come MyClass.MyStaticMethod() doesn't work, but Serial.begin() does?


. is used to call a method on a class instance whereas :: is used to call a static method within a class itself.

There is no Serial class - Serial is merely an instance of the HardwareSerial class.

#if defined(UBRRH) && defined(UBRRL)
  HardwareSerial Serial(&UBRRH, &UBRRL, &UCSRA, &UCSRB, &UCSRC, &UDR);
  HardwareSerial Serial(&UBRR0H, &UBRR0L, &UCSR0A, &UCSR0B, &UCSR0C, &UDR0);

If you want to use . then you have to instantiate your class and not use a static method:

class MyClass {
    static void myStaticMethod() {
    void myMethod() {

MyClass Fred;

// ... 

  • Ah. That was quite the misnomer since instances are usually with a lower case. I thought it was a class. :)
    – Fine Man
    Dec 2 '16 at 22:20
  • 1
    That is the normal way, yes - but since when have Arduino done things normally? ;)
    – Majenko
    Dec 2 '16 at 22:21
  • If a newcomer (myself) is just beginning to see abnormalities, I can't imagine how many you've found. :)
    – Fine Man
    Dec 2 '16 at 22:22

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