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sanpan
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hi everybody

i want to know why it is not possible to mention a private
and protected access modifier to a top level class
 
Jane Griscti
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Hi Sanpan,
In both cases the point of the modifer is to limit the use of the class in some manner. A top-level class that can't be extended (private) or is only available to the same package or subclasses (protected) isn't very useful. It makes more sense to create them as members of the classes that actually use them.
Hope that helps.
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It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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