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Java™ Language Specification, Third Edition, The by Gilad Bracha, Guy Steele, Bill Joy, James Gosling

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Chapter 6. Names

 

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;The name that can be named is not the eternal name.The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth;The Named is the mother of all things.

 
 --Lao-Tsu (c. 6th century BC)

Names are used to refer to entities declared in a program. A declared entity (§6.1) is a package, class type (normal or enum), interface type (normal or annotation type), member (class, interface, field, or method) of a reference type, type parameter (of a class, interface, method or constructor) (§4.4), parameter (to a method, constructor, or exception handler), or local variable.

Names in programs are either simple, consisting of a single identifier, or qualified, consisting of a sequence of identifiers separated ...

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