This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
It's kind of like buying a AA battery for my TV remote. No matter who makes it, I expect it to fit my remote. I'd be really ticked if I bought batteries and found out they were too short to fit.
Think about shopping for a List. List is an interface that might be implemented by ArrayList, LinkedList or some new fangled List that I write. When you buy a List you know you can call size() to see how many things are in the list. What if I make my size() method private? I advertise "This is a List!" on the box, but you get it home and there's no size() method! That would be so bad that the compiler just won't let me reduce the visibility.
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of the idea. John Ciardi