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    Default Trying to understand the "protected" keyword.

    When a method has private access it can not be accessed anywhere other than its own class file. With protected I'm confused to when you can not use it because to use any method from another class you have to create a new object anyways, allowing public or protected access.


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    Default Re: Trying to understand the "protected" keyword.

    Quote Originally Posted by simpson_121919 View Post
    With protected I'm confused to when you can not use it
    Classes in a different package can not access those protected elements. Multiple packages may be included in one project/executable jar.

    PROJECT
    --packagea
    ---class A
    ----protected int safeFromClassesInB;

    --packageb
    ---class B
    ---class C

    No class in packageb can use the protected int

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