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Difference between acess modifiers and modifiers?

V. Potluri
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Joined: Mar 29, 2007
Posts: 36

I will be thankful if any body clears my doubt.

Q] What is the difference between access modifiers and modifiers?

As per my knowledge access modifiers indicates visibility of a
class and it's members?

Why keywords final, static, strictfp, abstract, voltile, native,
synchronized are called modifiers?

Thanks in advance.

Stijn Janssens

Joined: Sep 09, 2008
Posts: 12
Access modifiers are keywords used to specify the declared accessibility of a member or a type. There are three access modifiers in Java: public, protected and private. However, there are four access controls (levels of access), the fourth being default or package level access (no modifier added). A class can only use public or default, while most methods and variables take all four.

Nonaccess modifiers modify the declaration of a member or a type. They can be used in addition to whatever access control there is on a class.
A class declaration can be modified with keywords final, abstract, or strictfp (note: you can't always mix nonaccess modifiers).
Methods and instance variables can also take transient, synchronized, native, strictfp, and static as modifiers.

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