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Problem about protected attribute

 
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Hi !
I have the following code:



Normally, the class Test3 shouldn't compile because a protected attribute should become private when it is inherited ! But actualaly, it compiles with Java5.0.

Does anyone could explain me why ?

Thanks in advance !
 
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hi
i tried running case 3 and 4 and it failed as expected.
 
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Test4 shouldn't fail...
Test4 and Parent are in the same package. So the protected attribute x in Parent is visible in all the package package1...
 
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Superb example.
I'd like to add few things to this discussion.
If the Test3 class is packaged in a package other than package1 then you get the expected compiler error saying


but when the same package is specified as of the parent class it compiles fine.
 
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