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why al can't access protected removeRange()?


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[ December 07, 2004: Message edited by: Barry Gaunt ]
Mike Gershman
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The problem is that removeRange() is a protected method. It can only be accessed from within the same package (java.util) or by a subclass of ArrayList (which m is not).

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Jay Pawar
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To add on to what Mike said
Even though you subclass class m from java.util.ArrayList. With the present code, you still cannot access the protected method removeRange by using reference ArrayList al.

Protected members outside the package can be accessed using inheritance and not by reference.

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Anand Ko
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I didn't get the meaning of this sentence:

" Protected members outside the package can be accessed using inheritance and not by reference. "

Can you please explain on this.

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Nicholas Cheung
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Your class must extends the class that contains the protected method you are going to call. If you just include the class as a member, you are not allow to invoke the method, unless you are of the same package of that class.


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