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Why cant instance variables be abstract, synchronized, strictfp and native ?

Sumeet H Singh
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Joined: Jan 03, 2009
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Hi all,
Can anyone explain why cant we use these modifiers with instance variables? (for each of these modifiers)

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Sumeet
Campbell Ritchie
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The modifier abstract means something is missing; what can be missing from a variable?
The modifier synchronized means the block of code is under a lock; how can a variable be under a lock?
The modifier strictfp means extended floating-point arithmetic is prohibited; how can there be floating point arithmetic in a variable?
The modifier native means the block of code is written in C/C++; how can a variable be written in C/C++?
 
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