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Java - import only those classes which you need VS import all/ import .*

 
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Is there any difference between the two ?
 
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Hi David,

Yes there is difference when you import specific class and import all the classes.
Refer to this thread https://coderanch.com/t/374863/java/java/import-pkg-vs-import-pkg

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Jatan
 
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I found that old thread confusing to read. Our FAQ is more helpful.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:I found that old thread confusing to read. Our FAQ is more helpful.


Thanks, just read that now. Got what I was looking for. On the side,
I wish they could also give some info about how the compiling process is affected.
 
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The effect is so minuscule as to be completely ignorable.
 
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Do have a look at this Stackoverflow
 
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Prasad prap wrote:Do have a look at this Stackoverflow


Yes, excellent post and good answers. Especially this:

Chris Cudmore wrote:
Take a look at the java API, and you'll see many classes and interfaces with the same name in different packages.

For example:

java.lang.reflect.Array
java.sql.Array

So, if you import java.lang.reflect.* and java.sql.* you'll have a collision on the Array type, and have to fully qualify them in your code.

Importing specific classes instead will save you this hassle.



Thanks for that link prasad.
 
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