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Member class vs inner class

 
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Source: http://blogs.sun.com/darcy/entry/nested_inner_member_and_top

How are member classes different from nested classes (a static or non-static class declared within another class)? Article at the above mentioned link states that:

a member class -> must have a declaring class
an inner class -> must have an enclosing class.

I understand what the static and non-static inner classes are. The following code examples defines a static and non-static inner class.



Can someone please explain what is a member class? I could not make much of the following from the Java Language Specification doc:

8.5 A member class is a class whose declaration is directly enclosed in another class or interface declaration.



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Nested classes are divided into two categories: static and non-static. Nested classes that are declared static are simply called static nested classes. Non-static nested classes are called inner classes or member classes.
 
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There are four types of Inner classes,

1) Member classes/Regular inner classes
2) Method local Inner classes
3) Anonymous Inner classes
4) Static Inner classes.

And, What do you mean by members of a class? It's methods, instance variables? Like that, if a class defined within directly below a Top level class, it(the inner class) is a member of the outer class. So, it's also called as member classes.
 
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