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Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 289

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Polymorphism The ability of a language to have duplicate method names in an inheritance hierarchy and to apply the method that is appro- priate for the object to which the method is applied 262 Chapter 8 High-Level Programming Languages The fields in a record have traditionally been accessible to all by default; the fields in a class are usually private by default. That is, none of the fields (data) and subprograms of an object of a particular class can be accessed by an object of another class unless the field is marked public . If a class needs to make a method available to be called by an object of another class, the class must explicitly specify that the method is public . private and public are called access modifiers. They specify whether or not code outside the class can access a class’s fields. Some languages have additional access codes that further modify what code can access a class’s fields. The class’s methods that others use to modify the class’s variables are marked public
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