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Posted: 07 Dec 2008 02:08:30 pm    Post subject:

I'm currently working on a homework assignment for Computer Science (aka Java Programming), and what I need to do is reduce the visibility of an inherited method. I'm working with a pre-created platform, and in an class that inherits that platform, I need to reduce the visibility of a method so as to make the code a little safer. Anyone have any ideas? I've tried just overriding it, but with a private modifier instead of a public one, but that gives me errors. I'm trying not to edit the platform at all.

Any ideas?
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I want to go back to Philmont!!

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Posted: 07 Dec 2008 03:09:51 pm    Post subject:

Hmmm... Try doing protected. I don't think you will be able to make it "disappear" without changing the platform.

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Posted: 07 Dec 2008 03:15:37 pm    Post subject:

Protected should be the correct keyword that you are looking for. It is similar to private in that outside classes are not allowed to access the method, but the difference is that inherited classes are granted access to the method.
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Zaphod Beeblebrox


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Posted: 07 Dec 2008 04:55:05 pm    Post subject:

If thats not what your looking for, you could use [font="Courier"]abstract in the method definition.

EDIT: Sorry, I meant to say [font="Courier"]final. Not [font="Courier"]abstract.

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Posted: 08 Dec 2008 07:51:36 am    Post subject:

I don't think you can just override an inherited method with "protected"... Try calling the method from a private method of yours.

If the premade platform's method is not "protected" itself, it's just poorly designed Very Happy
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