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Private variable problem

Joseph yan

Joined: Mar 02, 2009
Posts: 3
Hi All,

I want to access a varible form my super class. But i am having problem to access that.

Below is my code :

If i declare varible as 'Private' then i am not able to access it but when i declare it as 'Protected' then it is accesible.

I dont want to break the encapsulation.

How can i access it when it is declared as Private.

am i undersatnding correct it or i am doing something wrong ?

Please shed some light on it.


Paul Sturrock

Joined: Apr 14, 2004
Posts: 10336

You will need to change A to provide access either by making the variable protected or by adding an accessor method e.g. :

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Vivek Singh
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Joined: Oct 27, 2009
Posts: 92
You can use getters & setters to access that variable.
Joseph yan

Joined: Mar 02, 2009
Posts: 3

Thanks for your replies ..

How do i do with getter and setter ?

Can you please provide some example .

Please note only problem is i dont want to break encapsulation.

if i will use protected then varible is visible out side the class.

John de Michele

Joined: Mar 09, 2009
Posts: 600

You probably just want a getter. Just move your getPrice() method from class A to class B. Extending classes already breaks encapsulation. If encapsulation is what you are concerned about, you should probably use composition rather than inheritance.

Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 45306
Joseph yan wrote:How do i do with getter and setter ?

Can you please provide some example .
Paul Sturrock has provided an excellent example which maintains encapsulation.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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