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Java, A Beginner’s Guide, 5th Edition by Herbert Schildt

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Methods

As explained, instance variables and methods are constituents of classes. So far, the Vehicle class contains data, but no methods. Although data-only classes are perfectly valid, most classes will have methods. Methods are subroutines that manipulate the data defined by the class and, in many cases, provide access to that data. In most cases, other parts of your program will interact with a class through its methods.

A method contains one or more statements. In well-written Java code, each method performs only one task. Each method has a name, and it is this name that is used to call the method. In general, you can give a method whatever name you please. However, remember that main( ) is reserved for the method that begins execution of ...

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