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How to create basic custom annotation?


Description:

  • Annotations are created by using @ sign, folled by the keyword interface, and followed by annotation name as shown in the below example.
  • Members can be decleared as shown in the example, it looks like methods. The example defines two members called name and desc. We should not provide implementation for these members.
  • All annotations extends java.lang.annotation.Annotation interface. Annotations cannot include any extends caluse.
  • Below example shows how to use this annotation to method.


Code:
package com.java2novice.annotations;

public @interface MySampleAnn {

	String name();
	String desc();
}

class MyAnnTest{
	
	@MySampleAnn(name = "test1", desc = "testing annotations")
	public void myTestMethod(){
		//method implementation
	}
}
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Different types of Access Modifiers
public: Any thing declared as public can be accessed from anywhere.

private: Any thing declared as private can't be seen outside of its class.

protected: Any thing declared as protected can be accessed by classes in the same package and subclasses in the other packages.

default modifier: Can be accessed only to classes in the same package.
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