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clear my ambiguity

 
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hi everyone,
Please explain me.
What is the difference between access specifiers and access modifiers.
 
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The access specifiers are:
private, protected, public and default ("friendly" or "package")
The access modifiers are:
abstract and final
Declaration modifiers:
transient, volitile and synchronized
But I wouldn't get too hung up on the terminology - you don't need to know the difference for the exam.
 
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Hi Rajaraman,
The access modifiers determine how objects may interact with each other ie a 'public' class is visible to all other classes and can be accessed by them but a private object can only interact with other objects of the same type.
The other modifiers further qualify object/method/variable , providing a clue to how it can be used ie an 'abstract' method isn't implemented so it can't be used until you provide code statements defining it's behaviour. A 'volatile' variable's value can change in unpredictable ways so it has to be handled differently in multi-threaded apps, etc.
Hope that helps.
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