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Regrding Access Specifier used of main method

 
AjayP Singh
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I want to know what is the significance of public access modifier with main (String args[]) method. Like generally we write
public static void main(String args[])
{
}

But if we write
private static void main(String args[])
{
}
OR
protected static void main(String args[])
{
}

then also its working properly.............
then what is the use of public keyword..........................

Regards

Ajay Pratap Singh
 
Keith Lynn
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It works properly when compiling.

But have you tried running the program that doesn't have the keyword public in the header of the main method?
 
marc weber
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As of Java 1.4, main methods are required to be public in order to be program entry points (i.e., run from a command prompt).

A non-public method called "main" is perfectly valid -- it just can't be used as a program entry point.
 
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