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<h1>const-class</h1>

<h2>Purpose</h2>

<p>
Move a reference to the class specified by the given index into the specified
register. In the case where the indicated type is primitive, this will store a
reference to the primitive type's degenerate class. 
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<h2>Details</h2>

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  <th>Op &amp; Format</th>
  <th>Mnemonic / Syntax</th>
  <th>Arguments</th>
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  <td>1c 21c</td>
  <td>const-class vAA, type@BBBB</td>
  <td><code>A:</code> destination register (8 bits)<br/>
    <code>B:</code> type index</td>
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<h2>Constraints</h2>

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  <li>
    A must be a valid register index in the current stack frame.
  </li>
  <li>
    B must be a valid index into the type constant pool.
  </li>
</ul>

<h2>Behavior</h2>

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  <li>
    An attempt is made to get a reference to the class C the name of which is
    contained in type pool entry B.
  </li>
  <li>
    If B refers to a primitive type, the corresponding degenerate class is used
    instead.
  </li>
  <li>
    If C has not been loaded and resolved before, it is being loaded and
    resolved. All exceptions that are possible during class loading can occur at
    this point.
  </li>
  <li>
    A reference to C is moved into register vA, that is, vA' = C.
  </li>
  <li>
    If v(A-1) is the lower half of a register pair, v(A-1)' becomes undefined.
  </li>
  <li>
    If v(A+1) is the upper half of a register pair, v(A+1)' becomes undefined.
  </li>
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<h2>Exceptions</h2>

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  <li>
    ClassNotFoundException is thrown if the class does not exist at all.
  </li>
  <li>
    VerifyError is thrown if the class does exist, but could not be verified.
  </li>
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