Java Basics

Commentary: Method terminology?

Method = Function = Procedure = Subroutine = Subprogram

The word method is commonly used in Object-Oriented Programming and is used in Java. Every programming language has this idea, but sometimes uses other terms such as function, procedure, subroutine, ... Many programmers,including Java programmers, use these other terms, especially function, but these notes will use method, the official Java term.

Method categories

There have been proposals to establish a convention for identifying different categories of methods. This could be used in documentation for example. There are two categories that are well established.

Argument or Parameter