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- Safeguarding the state of an objects by defining its attributes as
privateand channeling access to them through accessor and mutator methods.
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- The localization of knowledge within a module. Because objects encapsulate data and implementation, the user of an object can view the object as a black box that provides services. Instance variables and methods can be added, deleted, or changed, but as long as the services provided by the object remain the same, code that uses the object can continue to use it without being rewritten. See also instance variable, instance method.
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- class, classpath, functional programming, global variable, imperative programming, lexicographic ordering, locale, method