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Is it possible to subclass a Java object in the constructor?

I am a Java newbie trying out Selenium example in a faq, where there is a note about how to modify an HtmlUnitDriver driver object to support authentication with some demo code I have repeated here.

After some asking in a stackoverflow thread and learning more about Java, anonymous classes and overrides this is my current code, but I am getting a syntax error on the DefaultCredentialsProvider in Netbeans, and I am not sure whether it is due to the absence of required classes, or whether some more changes are required.

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package seleniumtest01;

 * @author richard
import org.openqa.selenium.By;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.htmlunit.HtmlUnitDriver;
import com.gargoylesoftware.htmlunit.DefaultCredentialsProvider;
import com.gargoylesoftware.htmlunit.WebClient;
//import org.openqa.selenium.htmlunit.ChromeDriver;

public class Main {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    // Create a new instance of the Firefox driver
    // Notice that the remainder of the code relies on the interface,
    // not the implementation.

  public static void testBasicAuth() {
    // Create a new instance of the Firefox driver
    // Notice that the remainder of the code relies on the interface,
    // not the implementation.
    //WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();
    WebDriver driver = new HtmlUnitDriver() {

      protected WebClient modifyWebClient(WebClient client) {
        // This class ships with HtmlUnit itself
        DefaultCredentialsProvider creds = DefaultCredentialsProvider();

        // Set some example credentials
        creds.addCredentials("username", "password");

        // And now add the provider to the webClient instance

        return client;
    new WebDriverWait(driver, 10);

    WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//a[text()='Connection']"));;
    //element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//a[text()='Admin Login']"));
    element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//a[contains(@href, 'admin/connection')]"));//[contains(@href,'#id1')];
    element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//a[text()='Connection 1']"));;
    element = driver.findElement("field_one"));
    element.sendKeys("sample text");
    //driver.findElement(By. id("submit")).click();

    new WebDriverWait(driver, 10);


Bear with me, I learning Java via Selenium.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Try changing this:

DefaultCredentialsProvider creds = DefaultCredentialsProvider();

to this:

DefaultCredentialsProvider creds = new DefaultCredentialsProvider();
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nice hack, I will try it next time when creating new instance ;) – yoosiba Jul 8 '11 at 9:02
@yoossiba, it's not a hack, it's proper syntax to construct objects in Java. – dzieciou Jun 7 '14 at 8:10

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