This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Why cant protected access specifier could be given to a top level class even though it comes second in the hierarchy(1.public 2.protected 3.default 4.private).It is allowed to use default though it stands 3rd in the hierarchy??