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About overriding

Mallik Kumar

Joined: Nov 26, 2011
Posts: 12

The result is can a private variable in parent class be accessed in the subclass. I understand that getX() is inherited.
Matthew Brown

Joined: Apr 06, 2010
Posts: 4536

Because it isn't accessing a private variable. It's accessing a public method, and that method happens to return (a copy of) the value held by the private variable. This is one of the points of encapsulation - you can expose values when you want, but in a controlled way.
Mallik Kumar

Joined: Nov 26, 2011
Posts: 12
Thanks Matthew...
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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