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private public questions
Joined: Sep 11, 2008
Sep 11, 2008 00:13:00
What exactly does the private or public mean in
coding. I know it has to do with who or what can read the variable but would like a simple explanation if possible.
Oh and the Return function as well.
Jesper de Jong
Joined: Aug 16, 2005
Sep 11, 2008 00:52:00
Welcome to JavaRanch.
The 'public' and 'private' keywords are for access control of class members. You'll have to understand some object oriented programming concepts to understand what this means and what it's for.
See this in Sun's Java Tutorials:
Object-Oriented Programming Concepts
Controlling Access to Members of a Class
The 'return' keyword is used to return a value from a method.
Returning a Value from a Method
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