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The public access modifier

A public instance variable can be accessed by any code in any method in any object that can obtain a reference to the object to which thevariable belongs. However, you must first gain access to the object in order to gain access to the variable. Normally you gain access to the object using areference to the object and then gain access to a member of the object such as a variable or method. This is indirection .

The private access modifier

A private instance variable can be accessed by any code in any method that is defined in the class of the object to which the variablebelongs.

The protected access modifier

A protected instance variable can be accessed by the same methods that can access a private instance variable plus methods in subclasses of the class of the object to which the instance variablebelongs.

I'm not going to try to explain the scope of internal and protected internal instance variables for the reasons that I discussed earlier.

Local variables

A local variable is declared inside a method or constructor. The lifetime of a local variable is limited to the time that control remains within the block ofcode in which the variable is declared. The scope of the variable is limited to the code block in which it is declared and then only to the statements followingthe declaration statement.

Class variables

A class variable belongs to a static class. I believe that the lifetime of a class variable is the same as the lifetime of the program in which the class isloaded.

It is not necessary to instantiate an object of the static class in order to access the variable. Assuming that you have access rights to the variable, youcan access it simply by joining the name of the class to the name of the variable using the dot operator.

More bad programming practice

I personally consider it bad programming practice to use class variables in most cases unless the variables are actually constants. However, there are a fewsituations where you have no choice but to use a non-constant class variable.

Reference variables

A reference variable contains a reference to an object or contains null. You typically use the value stored in a reference variable to locate an object inmemory. Once you locate the object, you typically use the dot operator along with the name of a variable or a method to ask the object to do something. Thisis called indirection .

Primitive variables

Primitive variables contain primitive values. No indirection is required to access the primitive value stored in a primitive variable.

An analogy

An analogy that I often use to explain the difference between a reference variable and a primitive variable goes as follows.

A primitive variable is analogous to your wallet.

If you get robbed and the robber takes your wallet, he has your money because the wallet contains your money just like a primitive variable contains aprimitive value.

A reference variable is analogous to your check book.

If the robber takes your checkbook, he doesn't have your money -- not yet anyway. The checkbook doesn't contain your money. Instead, it contains areference to your bank where your money is stored. A reference variable doesn't contain an object; it contains a reference to an object. Furthermore, two ormore reference variables can contain references to the same object but this is usually not a good idea.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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