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"Methods" Vocab

Chapter 7 "Midterms" - Vocabulary Terms

TermDefinition
Access level The part of a method declaration that determines if the method can be called by other classes.
Access modifier A keyword in the declaration of a method that determines the access level of a method.
Argument The value or variable passed to a method.
Call A statement that contains a method name followed by parentheses.
Boundary Value A value that lies just inside or just outside the range of valid values.
Class method A method that can be called from the class itself.
Local Variables, constants, and objects that are declared within a method and therefore have a scope limited to that method.
Method body The statements that implement a method.
Method declaration The first line of a method, which contains the method name, access level, return type, and parameters, if any.
Method overloading Writing more than one method of the same name in a class.
Method parameters The part of a method declaration that accepts values from the method call.
Pass Giving data to a method by enclosing the data in parentheses in the method call.
Pass by value Passing the value of an argument to a method. The type of data passed depends on whether the argument is a primitive or an object.
Precondition The part of a method's documentation that states the assumptions, or initial requirements, of the method. Also called "pre".
Procedural abstraction Breaking a task down into methods
Postcondition The part of a method's documentation that states the assumptions, or initial requirements, of the method. Also called "post".
Top-down development A problem-solving approach where a task is broken down into subtasks and then the subtasks are reduced to yet simpler tasks.
Visibility The access level of a method.
Created by: Unicron