If I import the javaranch common package in one of my classes and that common package contains a class which imports java.util.* , do I still need to import java.util.* in the new class or does it automatically get imported by importing a pacakage that imports it? Jeez...that sounded confusing! But I think someone will understand what I'm saying. Obviously, I'm just beginning to understand packages, imports, etc. so any help would be much appreciated.
I would say no. You still have to import java.util in your program. BTW, please let me know if I'm wrong here. As I understand it, the import is used only during compilation for namespace resolution. It is different from C/C++ #include command which are pre-process where the content of the #include files are literally included ( inserted / appended / whatchmayoucallit ) in the source code.
The scope of an import statement is the compilation unit. For most of us normal folks that means the file that you are compiling. If you have multiple classes in the same file, one import statement will serve all the classes. However you need to put the import statement in each "compilation unit" From the JLS 7.5 Import Declarations
The scope of a type imported by a single-type-import declaration (�7.5.1) or type-import-on-demand declaration (�7.5.2) is all the class and interface type declarations (�7.6) in the compilation unit in which the import declaration appears.
From 7.6 Top Level Type Declarations
In practice, many programmers choose to put each class or interface type in its own compilation unit, whether or not it is public or is referred to by code in other compilation units.
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