Posted on 2007-10-19
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Last Modified: 2010-03-30

in my superclass, i have a method called void protected print(),

this is strange but in my subclass, i am able to overide the protected method with either protected and public.

public class parent{

protected void print(){
System.out.println("In parent");

public class child extends parent{

public void print()
System.out.println("In child");


however, in parent i have public print and i try to override it protected, i get error: "print() in child cannot override print() in parent; attempting to assign weaker access privileges; was public
Question by:zizi21
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basicinstinct earned 2000 total points
ID: 20113625
if you override a method you are not permitted to make it less 'visible'... so if it is public in the superclass you can't make it protected (because protected is less visible than public).  If it is protected in the superclass you can go to public in the subclass because you are making it more visible.

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ID: 20113804
thank you very much.. Studying for exam and all this is helping a lot . God bless.

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