Class Encapsulation

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Class Encapsulation is the most commonly used form of Encapsulation in modern programming languages. Objects are encapsulated by their underlying objects. This means that:

  • Objects can see/modify the contents of any other objects that are instances of the same class.
  • Objects cannot necessarily see/modify the contents of their superclass (this is language specific; for example it can be allowed in Java by using protected access)
  • Objects cannot see/modify the contents of any other objects.

This type of Encapsulation exists in contrast to Object Encapsulation.


This, or a modified form of, is the encapsulation technique of languages such as C++, C#, Java and Python.

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