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Introduction to Objects

  • Noel Kalicharan
Chapter

Abstract

In this chapter, we will explain the following:
  • What is a class, an object, a field, and a method

  • That an object variable does not hold an object but, rather, a pointer (or reference) to where the object is actually located

  • The distinction between a class variable (also called a static variable) and an instance variable (also called a non-static variable)

  • The distinction between a class method (also called a static method) and an instance method (also called a non-static method)

  • What the access modifiers public, private, and protected mean

  • What is meant by information hiding

  • How to refer to class and instance variables

  • How to initialize class and instance variables

  • What is a constructor and how to write one

  • What is meant by overloading

  • What is meant by data encapsulation

  • How to write accessor and mutator methods

  • How to print an object’s data in various ways

  • Why the tostring() method is special in Java

  • What happens when we assign an object variable to another

  • What it means to compare one object variable with another

  • How to compare the contents of two objects

  • How a function can return more than one value using an object

Keywords

Object Variable Part Object User Class Instance Variable Class Part 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Noel Kalicharan 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Noel Kalicharan
    • 1
  1. 1.New DelhiIndia

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