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Overriding final methods

Srinivasa Raghavan
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Normally methods declared as final cannot be overriden for security / design reasons.

But when a method declared as "private final" can be overriden in the child class. Do we get this behaviour since private members are not accessible in child ?
[ February 17, 2005: Message edited by: Srinivasa Raghavan ]

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Chengwei Lee
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Private methods in the parent class are not in inherited by the child classes. Hence, having methods of the same signature as well as being declared private & final does not equate to method overriding.


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Kris Lightsey

Joined: Feb 03, 2005
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And it is not just a question of semantics. Overridden methods will show polymorphic behavior but redefining private methods with the same name and signature will not.
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