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

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Importing Packages

When you use a class from another package, you can fully qualify the name of the class with the name of its package, as the preceding examples have done. However, such an approach could easily become tiresome and awkward, especially if the classes you are qualifying are deeply nested in a package hierarchy. Since Java was invented by programmers for programmers—and programmers don’t like tedious constructs—it should come as no surprise that a more convenient method exists for using the contents of packages: the import statement. Using import you can bring one or more members of a package into view. This allows you to use those members directly, without explicit package qualification.

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