What is the best and cleanest way to do this? Specifically, I need some code in a static initializer block to run in that class, but I'd like to make this as clean-looking as possible.
Loading != Initialization.
You want your class to be initialized (this is when static blocks executed, among other things).
An excerpt from the Java Language Specification says:
A class or interface type T will be initialized immediately before the first occurrence of >any one of the following:
- T is a class and an instance of T is created.
- T is a class and a static method declared by T is invoked.
- A static field declared by T is assigned.
- A static field declared by T is used and the field is not a constant variable (§4.12.4).
- T is a top-level class, and an assert statement (§14.10) lexically nested within T is executed.
Invocation of certain reflective methods in class Class and in package java.lang.reflect also causes class or interface initialization. A class or interface will not be initialized under any other circumstance.
Doh, anovstrup, already said it: Just make an empty static function called
init. Be sure to document that well... I personally can't see any use case for this in the context of well formed code though.