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Primitive Data Types

• There are exactly eight primitive data types in

– four of them represent integers:
• byte (class Byte), short (class Short), int (class
Integer), long (class Long)
– two of them represent floating point numbers
• float (class Float), double (class Double)
– one of them represents characters:
• char (class Character)
– and one of them represents boolean (logical) values:
• boolean (class Boolean)
Numeric Primitive Data
• “Objects” of different numeric data types
occupy different number of cells
Type Storage Min Value Max Value

byte 8 bits -128 127

short 16 bits -32,768 32,767
int 32 bits -2,147,483,648 2,147,483,647
long 64 bits < -9 x 1018 > 9 x 1018

float 32 bits +/- 3.4 x 1038 with 7 significant digits IEEE 754
double 64 bits +/- 1.7 x 10308 with 15 significant digits format
Recap: Arithmetic Operations
• The storage of a computer is limited;
this leads to potential surprises:
numerical data types, especially float and double, have
limited precision: a computer cannot store all of the
numbers precisely in its claimed range
– e.g., the numbers a double can represent: +/- 1.7
x 10308; but there are infinite number of numbers
in between
– Historical example: The Patriot Missile Failure in 1991
a computer cannot represent 0.1 precisely; for a 24-bit
floating point number they used, it is off by 0.000000095.
After 100 hours in operation, it is off by about 0.34
seconds, leading to an error of 600 meters for the detected
Scud missile.
( )
Variables: Revisited
• We already know that a variable must be
declared, specifying the variable's name and
the type of information that will be held in it
• As of now, think of a variable as a name for a
location in memory cell (we will revisit the
concept later)
data type variable

int total;

int count, temp, result;

Multiple variables can be created in one declaration

• A variable can be given an initial value in the declaration

int sum = 0;
int base = 32, max = 149;
String msg1 = new String( “Hello” );
String msg2 = “Hello” ;
• When a variable is referenced in a program, its
current value is used
Change the Value of a Variable:
Assignment Statement
• An assignment statement changes the value of a
• The assignment operator is the = sign
total = 55;

• The expression on the right is evaluated and the result is

stored in the variable on the left
• The value that was in total is overwritten
• Remember: you can only assign a value to a variable
that is consistent with the variable's declared type

• A “constant variable” is an identifier that is similar to a
variable except that it holds one value for its entire
• Why constants:
– give names to otherwise unclear literal values
– facilitate changes to the code
– prevent inadvertent errors
• In Java, we use the final modifier to declare a
variable constant, and the convention is to use all
capital words to name a constant
final double PI = 3.14159265;
• The compiler will issue an error if you try to assign
value to a constant variable after its declaration
Arithmetic Expressions
• An expression is a combination of operators and
• Arithmetic expressions (we will see logical expressions
later) are essentially special methods applied to numerical
data objects: compute numeric results and make use of
the arithmetic operators:

Addition +
Subtraction -
Multiplication *
Division /
Remainder %
Division and Remainder
• If both operands to the division operator (/) are integers, the result
is an integer (the fractional part is discarded)
14 / 3 equals?

8 / 12 equals?

• The remainder operator (%) returns the remainder after

dividing the second operand into the first

14 % 3 equals?

8 % 12 equals?
Recap: Arithmetic Operations
• In daily life, we generally do not
distinguish different types of numbers, but
a computer does; this leads to the third
type of surprise
• the result of an operation depends on data
– e.g., 4 / 8 vs 4.0 / 8.0
– e.g., “Year “ + 2005
Arithmetic Expressions
• Arithmetic operators can be combined into
complex arithmetic expressions, e.g.,
result = total + count / max - offset;
• The evaluation order of the operators in an
arithmetic expression is determined by a well-
defined precedence which determines the order
in which they are evaluated
• Precedence rules
– multiplication (*), division (/), and remainder (%) are
evaluated prior to addition (+) and subtraction (-)
– operators with the same precedence are evaluated
from left to right
– parentheses can always be used to force the
evaluation order
Operator Precedence
• What is the order of evaluation in the following

a + b + c + d + e a + b * c - d / e
1 2 3 4 3 1 4 2

a / (b + c) - d % e
2 1 4 3

a / (b * (c + (d - e)))
4 3 2 1
Assignment Revisited (again)
• You can consider assignment as an operator, with a
lower precedence than the arithmetic operators

First the expression on the right hand

side of the = operator is evaluated
answer = sum / 4 + MAX * lowest;
4 1 3 2

Then the result is stored in the

variable on the left hand side
Assignment Revisited
• The right and left hand sides of an assignment
statement can contain the same variable

First, one is added to the

original value of count
count = count + 1;

Then the result is stored back into count

(overwriting the original value)
Variables and Assignment
• What do these two statements do?
Value stored in
x = y; x y
y = x; a b
b b
b b

Question: How do I swap the values of two variables?

How do I Swap the Values of Two

Use two temporaries: Use one temporary:

t1 = x; t = x;
t2 = y; x = y;
x = t1; y = t;
y = t2;
Swapping Values of Two Variables

• No temporaries! Value stored in

x y
x = x + y;
a b
y = x - y;
a+b b
x = x - y;
a+b a
b a
Don’t write such code!!
More Assignment-related
• Increment and decrement operators: ++, --
• Assignment operators: +=, -=, *=, /=
these three expressions have the same effect
count = count + 1;
count += 1;
count ++;

these two expressions have the same effect

count = count - 10;

count -= 10;
Data Conversions
• What is data conversion?
– data conversion is the conversion of an object of one type to an object
of a different type, e.g., an int to a double, a double to an int, an int to a
• Why data conversions?
– Java is a strongly typed language, i.e., every object has a type, and the
result of an operation depends on the type of the operands
• remember: 4 / 8  4.0 / 8.0
– however, sometimes it is more efficient (and natural) to store data as
one type, but during a computation, we may want to treat the data as a
different type to get desired results
• the Ariane 5 example, the Patriot missile example
• for example, we may want to store data as integers, but during a
computation, we want to treat integers as floating point values to get the
desired results, e.g., we want miles / gallons to be treated as floating point /
int miles;
int gallons;
System.out.print( miles / gallons );
– sometimes we just write mixed-type expression
Mixed-type Expressions: Example
• An integer literal is by default of type int
• that is, a literal number 4 in Java is of type int
• to say that the number 4 is of type long, write 4l or 4L (4L is
preferred over 4l since lower case “l” is hard to distinguish from 1)
• A floating point literal is by default of type double
• to day that the number 0.5 is of type float, write 0.5f or 0.5F
• Sometime we write 4.0 / 8, which is a mixed-type
– Java defines only: int / int, double / double
– to perform the mixed-type numerical operation, Java needs to
convert the operands to be of the same type
Mixed-type Expressions: Example 2
• We have already seen examples such as
System.out.println( “Year: ” + 2005 );

Here “Year: ” is of type String, but 2005 is an integer

• We know that Java has defined

string1 + string2
but not a
string + integer
Different Type Conversions in Java
• Identity conversion (i.e., no conversion)
• Conversions related to primitive data types
 widening primitive conversions
 narrowing primitive conversions
• Conversions related to general classes
– widening reference conversions
– narrowing reference conversions
– we will cover these two cases later in the course; they are
powerful tools to allow polymorphism
• Conversions related to Strings
 string conversions: i.e., convert a numerical object to a
string, e.g., the number 17 to the string “17”
Widening Primitive Conversions
• Widening primitive conversions are those that do not
lose information about the overall magnitude of a
numeric value
• Java defines 19 primitive conversions as widening
primitive conversions
byte  short, int, long, float, double
short  int, long, float, double
char  int, long, float, double
int  long, float, double
long  float, double
float  double
• They are generally safe because they tend to go from
a small data type to a larger one (such as a short to
an int)
– can problems happen in some of the cases?
Narrowing Primitive Conversions
• Java defines 23 primitive conversions as narrowing
primitive conversions
byte  char
short  byte, char
char  byte, short
int  byte, short, char
long  byte, short, char, int
float  byte, short, char, int, long
double byte, short, char, int, long, float

• Narrowing primitive conversions may lose overall

magnitude of a numeric value, or precision
How Do Data Conversions
• Implicitly: arithmetic (numeric) promotion
– occurs automatically when the operands of a binary arithmetic
operator (note “=“ is not one) are of different types
• the promotion uses widening conversion, i.e.,
– if either operand is double, the other is converted to double
– otherwise, if either operand is float, the other is converted to float
– otherwise, if either operand is long, the other is converted to long
– otherwise, both operands are converted to int

- 4.0 / 8 (which / is it: double/double, float/float, int/int)
- 4 / 8.0 (which / is it: double/double, float/float, int/int)
- 4 + 5 / 9 + 1.0 + 5 / 9 / 10.0 (what is the value?)
How Do Data Conversions
• Implicitly: string conversion
– applies only to the operands of the operator +
– occurs automatically: when one of the operands is a
string, the other operand is converted to a string


System.out.println( “Year: “ + 2000 );

System.out.println( “Year: “ + (2000 + 5) );
System.out.println( “Year: “ + 200 + 5);
System.out.println( 200 + 5 + “Year: “ );

How Do Data Conversions
• Implicitly: assignment conversion
– occurs automatically when the value of an expression is assigned
to a variable of another type:
• only widening primitive conversions are allowed
• or a special case of narrowing primitive conversions:
– the expression is a constant of type int: e.g., 2 * 200
– the type of the variable is byte, short or char
– the compiler can check to be sure that the value is representable by the
type of the variable
byte theAnswer = 42; // is this OK?
float myFloat1 = 2; // is this OK?
float myFloat1 = 2.0; // is this OK?
float myFloat3 = theAnswer; // is this OK?
How Do Data Conversions
• Explicitly: Casting
• Casting is the most powerful and dangerous technique
for data conversions
• Both widening and narrowing conversions can be
accomplished by explicitly casting a value
• To cast, the type is put in parentheses in front of the
value/variable being converted
– for example, if total and count are integers, but we want a
floating point result when dividing them, we can explicitly cast
total to be a float:

result = (float) total / count;

• Pay particular attention when you forcefully cast
a narrowing conversion, e.g.,
– when you cast a float/double to an int, the float/double
is just truncated to an int (e.g., 0.99 is truncated to 0),
not rounded to an int (e.g., 0.5 will be rounded to 1)


double myDouble = 2.4 / 3.0;

int myInt = (int) myDouble;

// what is the value of myInt ?

Using Math Rounding
• In the example of slide 10, if you want
myInt to be 1, i.e., 0.8 is rounded to the
nearest integer, use the Math.round()

double myDouble = 2.4 / 3.0;

int myInt = (int)
Math.round( myDouble );
Using Math Rounding
• We invoke Math.round() from the Math class without
creating an object
• This is because round is defined as a static method
in the class of Math
• Static methods are called class methods
– we invoke a static method through the class name, instead of
through an instance (i.e., an object) of the class
• The Math class defines many other static methods,
providing various mathematical functions, such as
absolute value, trigonometry functions, square root, etc.
Math.abs(), Math.cos(), Math.sqrt()
Conditional Statements
• A conditional statement lets us choose which
statement will be executed next
• Conditional statements give us the power to
make basic decisions

• Java's conditional statements:

– the if and if-else statements
– the conditional operator
– the switch statement
The if Statement
• The if statement has the following syntax:
The condition must be a boolean expression.
e.g., a boolean variable, a == b, a <= b.
if is a Java
It must evaluate to either true or false.
reserved word

if ( condition )

If the condition is true, the statement is executed.

If it is false, the statement is skipped.

The if Statement: Examples
• An example:
String str = “good”;
if (GPA > 3.0)
str = “excellent”;
System.out.println (“Your GPA is " + str);

First, the condition is evaluated. The value of GPA

is either greater than the value of 3.0, or it is not.

If the condition is true, the assignment statement is executed.

If it is not, the assignment statement is skipped.

Either way, the call to println is executed next.

Logic of an if statement


true false

The if-else Statement
• An else clause can be added to an if
statement to make it an if-else statement:
if ( condition )
• If the condition is true, statement1 is executed;
if the condition is false, statement2 is executed

• One or the other will be executed, but not both

Logic of an if-else statement


true false

Statement 1 Statement 2
What if I Want to Run Several
Statements: Block Statements
• Several statements can be grouped
together into a block statement
• A block is delimited by braces ( { … } )
• A block statement can be used wherever a
statement is called for in the Java syntax
• For example, in an if-else statement,
the if portion, or the else portion, or
both, could be block statements

Boolean Expressions: Basics
• A condition of an if statement
often uses one of Java's if ( condition )
equality operators (==, !=) statement1;
or relational operators statement2;

(<, >, <=, >=), which all

return boolean results:
== equal to
!= not equal to
< less than
> greater than
<= less than or equal to
>= greater than or equal to

• Note the difference between the equality operator (==)

and the assignment operator (=) 39
More Complex (Compound) Boolean
Expressions: Logical Operators
• Boolean expressions can also use the following
logical operators:
! Logical NOT
&& Logical AND
|| Logical OR
• They all take boolean operands and produce
boolean results

• Logical NOT is a unary operator (it has one operand),

but logical AND and logical OR are binary operators
(they each have two operands)
Loop Statements
while ( condition )
while statement statement;

do statement statement list;
} while ( condition );

for ( initialization ; condition ; increment )


for statement
Flowchart of a while Loop
while ( condition )

true false

System.out.print( “Enter a month (1 to 12): “);
int month = scan.nextInt();
while (month < 1 || month > 12)
System.out.println( month + “ is not a valid month.” );
System.out.print( “Enter a month (1 to 12): “);
month = scan.nextInt();

// set initial value of month so that the while condition

// below is false initially
int month = -1;
while (month < 1 || month > 12)
System.out.print( “Enter a month (1 to 12): “);
month = scan.nextInt();
The do Statement: Syntax

Both do
do and {
while statement;
are }
reserved while ( condition );

The statement is executed once initially, then the condition is evaluated

The statement is repetitively executed until the condition becomes false

Flowchart of a do Loop
while ( condition );



Comparing the while and do
while loop do loop


true false condition


 A do loop is similar to a while loop, except that the condition is evaluated

after the body of the loop is executed
 Therefore the body of a do loop will execute at least once

int month; // no need to initialize month

System.out.print( “Enter a month (1 to 12): “);
month = scan.nextInt();
} while (month < 1 || month > 12);

// beginning of the next statement

The for Statement: Syntax

The initialization portion The statement is

is executed once executed until the
before the loop begins condition becomes false

for ( initialization ; condition ; increment )


Both semi-colons are always


The increment portion is executed at the end of each iteration

The for Statement: Syntax
• Each expression in the header of a for loop is
– if the initialization is left out, no initialization is

– if the condition is left out, it is always considered to

be true

– if the increment is left out, no increment operation

is performed
Flowchart of a for loop
for ( initialization ; condition ; increment )



true false


The for Statement
for ( initialization ; condition ; increment )

• A for loop is equivalent to the following

while loop structure:
while ( condition )
The for Statement: Example
int sum = 0;
for (int counter = 1; counter <= max; counter++)
sum += counter;
// beginning of the next statement

Establish initial value   
of control variable.  int counter = 1

Determine if final 
value of control 
counter <= max sum+= counter counter++
variable has 
been reached.  
Increment the 
false Body of loop (this may  control variable.
be multiple statements)