Access Modifier in C#

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1- Modifier in Java

The access modifiers in CSharp specifies accessibility (scope) of a data member, method, constructor or class.

There are 5 types of access modifiers in CSharp:
  1. private
  2. protected
  3. internal
  4. protected internal
  5. public

2- Override of access modifiers

Modifier Description
private Access is limited to within the class definition. This is the default access modifier type if none is formally specified
protected Access is limited to within the class definition and any class that inherits from the class
internal Access is limited exclusively to classes defined within the current project assembly
protected internal Access is limited to the current assembly and types derived from the containing class. All members in current project and all members in derived class can access the variables.
public There are no restrictions on accessing public members.
The table below illustrates give you an overview of how to use the access modifiers.
Access Modifier Access within class Access within package Access outside package by subclass only Access outside package and not in subclass.
private Y N N N
Default Y Y N N
protected Y Y Y N
public Y Y Y Y
You can see more details follow the example below:

3- private access modifier

The private access modifier is accessible only within class.
You cannot access to private member outside the class that defines that member. CSharp will notify error at the compile time of the class.

4- private constructor

Constructor, method, field are known as members of the class.
If you create a class and have a private constructor, you cannot create a object of this class from that private constructor, outside this class. Let's see an illustrative example:

5- protected access modifier

protected access modifier: Access is limited to within the class definition and any class that inherits from the class.
The protected access modifier can be applied on the data member, method and constructor. It can't be applied on the class, interface...

6- internal access modifier

Access is limited exclusively to classes defined within the current project assembly

An assembly is the compiled output of your code, typically a DLL, but your EXE is also an assembly. It's the smallest unit of deployment for any .NET project.

The assembly typically contains .NET code in MSIL (Microsoft Intermediate language) that will be compiled to native code ("JITted" - compiled by the Just-In-Time compiler) the first time it is executed on a given machine. That compiled code will also be stored in the assembly and reused on subsequent calls.

7- protected internal access modifier

protected internal access modifier is a combination of  protected and internal access modifier, the member of the class with this access modifier, you can only access to this member in the class that defines it or subclasses and included  in the same Assembly.

8- public access modifier

The public access modifier is accessible everywhere. It has the widest scope among all other modifiers.

9- Access modifier and inheritance

In CSharp, you can override amethod of  superclass with a method of the same name and parameters, and return type in the subclass, but you are not allowed to change its access level.
However, you can create a method with the same name, parameters, return type, but different access levels if using the new keyword, the fact that this is a different method unrelated to the method of the parent class.
The difference between the  override and new has been explained in the document " Inheritance and polymorphism in CSharp" you can look at:

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