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I have recently started studying for the SCJP exam. The first chapter of the book I am using talks about JavaBean conventions, specifically for providing getters and setters for all private instance data (properties). Do you have to provide getters AND setters for all properties. The reason I ask is that I came across the following code on another site and they call it a bean:
Notice that they don't provide getters and setters for all their properties. Is this a bean?
1. For bean property x, method should be setX, getX. For boolean field, you can use getX or isX.
2. For listener, method signature should be addX and removeX.
Your bean does not define setters/getters even for a single field. If you execute this bean on say bean development kit popularly known as BDK, you can't get the value of dirname which you have set by setter. Because there is no getter for that.