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Java module J709
Class Access
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module J709. This topic is presented on public courses Learning to Program in Java, Java Bootcamp, Java Programming for the Web

In order to provide the security of data and methods within classes, Java limits access through "the four Ps" private, package, protected and public. Correct design of your objects and correct specification of the right "P" ensures that you can make all necessary methods and data available to users of your class, while at the same time hiding your internal workings.

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3047What is a universal superclass? Java / Perl / Python / Other OO languages
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2535When should I use Java, Perl, PHP, or Python?
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874Who can use which access door?
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Examples from our training material
luckington.java   Inner class example
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Some modules are available for download as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License for free download from [here].
Topics covered in this module
Private, public, package and protected.
Inner classes.
finalize method.
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