Operators and Assignments(1)

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Operators and Assignments(1)

    Operators and Assignments(1)



日期!7/3/2001 9:55:32 AM

5)Operators and Assignments

Objective 1)

    Determine the result of applying any operator including assignment operators and instanceof to operands of any type class scope or accessibility or any combination of these.

1. Unary operators.

1.1 Increment and Decrement operators ++ --

We have postfix and prefix notation. In post-fix

    notation value of the variable/expression is modified after the value is taken for the execution of statement. In prefix notation, value of the variable/expression is modified before the value is

    taken for the execution of statement.

x = 5; y = 0; y = x++; Result will be x = 6, y = 5

x = 5; y = 0; y = ++x; Result will be x = 6, y = 6

    Implicit narrowing conversion is done, when applied to byte, short or char.

1.2 Unary minus and unary plus + -

+ has no effect than to stress positivity.

- negates an expressions value. (2s complement

    for integral expressions)

1.3 Negation !

Inverts the value of a boolean expression.

1.4 Complement ~

    Inverts the bit pattern of an integral expression. (1s complement 0s to 1s and 1s to 0s)


Cannot be applied to non-integral types.

1.5 Cast ()

    Persuades compiler to allow certain assignments. Extensive checking is done at compile and runtime to ensure type-safety.

2. Arithmetic operators - *, /, %, +, -

? Can be applied to all numeric types.

    ? Can be applied to only the numeric types, except + it can be applied to Strings as well.

    ? All arithmetic operations are done at least with int. (If types are smaller, promotion happens. Result will be of a type at least as wide as the wide type of operands)

    ? Accuracy is lost silently when arithmetic overflow/error occurs. Result is a nonsense value.

    ? Integer division or % by zero throws ArithmeticException.

    ? Floating point arithmetic always loses precision. The following code fragment returns false.

float f = 1.0 F / 3.0 F;

if ( A * 3.0 F == 1.0 F ) return true;

else return false;

    ? % - sign of the result entirely determined by sign of LHS

    ? Floating point calculations can produce NaN (square root of a negative no. or % by zero) or Infinity/-Infinity( division by zero). Float and Double wrapper classes have named constants for NaN

    and infinities.

    ? NaNs are non-ordinal for comparisons. X == Float.NaN wont work. Use Float.IsNaN(x) and Double.IsNaN(x). But equals method on wrapper objects(Double or Float) with NaN values compares Nans correctly.

? Infinities are ordinal. X ==

    Double.POSITIVE_INFINITY will give expected result.

    ? + also performs String concatenation (when any operand in an expression is a String). The language itself overloads this operator. toString() method of non-String object operands are called to perform

    concatenation. In case of primitives, a wrapper object is created with the primitive value and toString method of that object is called. (Vel +

    3 will work.)

    ? Be aware of associativity when multiple operands are involved.

System.out.println( 1 + 2 + 3 ); // Prints 33

System.out.println( 1 + 2 + 3 ); // Prints 123

3. Shift operators - <<, >>, >>>

    ? << performs a signed left shift. 0 bits are brought in from the right. Sign bit (MSB) is preserved.(?) Value becomes old value * 2 ^ x where

    x is no of bits shifted.

    ? >> performs a signed right shift. Sign bit is brought in from the left. (0 if positive, 1 if negative. Value becomes old value / 2 ^ x where x is no of bits shifted. Also called arithmetic right shift.

    ? >>> performs an unsigned logical right shift. 0 bits are brought in from the left. This operator exists since Java doesnt provide an unsigned data type (except char). >>> changes the sign of a negative number to be positive. So dont use it

    with negative numbers, if you want to preserve the sign. Also dont use it with types smaller than int. (Since types smaller than int are promoted to an int before any shift operation and the result is cast down again, so the end result is


    ? Shift operators can be applied to only integral types.

? -1 >> 1 is 1, not 0.

    ? 1 << 31 will become the minimum value that an int can represent.

? Negative numbers are represented in twos

complement notation. (Take ones complement and add

    1 to get twos complement)

    ? Shift operators never shift more than the number of bits the type of result can have. ( i.e. int 32, long 64) RHS operand is reduced to RHS % x where x is no of bits in type of result.

int x;

x == x >> 32 // ture

    x = x >> 33; // Here actually what happens is x >> 1

    ? if right side is negative, for int, use low 5 bits; for long, use low 6 bits.

4. Comparison operators all return boolean


4.1 Ordinal comparisons - <, <=, > , >=

? Only operate on numeric types. Test the

    relative value of the numeric operands.

    ? Arithmetic promotions apply. char can be compared to float.

4.2 Object type comparison instanceof

    ? Tests the class of an object at runtime. Checking is done at compile and runtime same as the

    cast operator.

    ? Returns true if the object denoted by LHS reference can be cast to RHS type.

    ? LHS should be an object reference expression, variable or an array reference.

    ? RHS should be a class (abstract classes are fine), an interface or an array type, castable to LHS object reference. Compiler error if LHS & RHS are unrelated.

    ? Cant use java.lang.Class or its String name as RHS.(?)

    ? Returns true if LHS is a class or subclass of RHS class

? Returns true if LHS implements RHS interface.

    ? Returns true if LHS is an array reference and of type RHS.

? x instanceof Component[] legal.

? x instanceof [] illegal. Cant test for

    any array of any type

? Returns false if LHS is null, no exceptions

    are thrown.

    ? If x instanceof Y is not allowed by compiler, then Y y = (Y) x is not a valid cast expression. If x instanceof Y is allowed and returns false, the above cast is valid but throws a ClassCastException at runtime. If x instanceof Y returns true, the

    above cast is valid and runs fine.

4.3 Equality comparisons - ==, !=

? For primitives its a straightforward value

    comparison. (promotions apply)

? For object references, this doesnt make much

    sense. Use equals method for meaningful comparisons.

    (Make sure that the class implements equals in a meaningful way, like for X.equals(Y) to be true, Y instance of X must be true as well)

    ? For String literals, == will return true, this

is because of compiler optimization.

5. Bit-wise operators - &, ^, |

? Operate on numeric and boolean operands.

    ? & - AND operator, both bits must be 1 to produce 1.

    ? | - OR operator, any one bit can be 1 to produce 1.

    ? ^ - XOR operator, any one bit can be 1, but not both, to produce 1.

? In case of booleans true is 1, false is 0.

? Order: AND, XOR, OR.

? Cant cast any other type to boolean.

6. Short-circuit logical operators - &&, ||

? Operate only on boolean types.

? RHS might not be evaluated (hence the name

    short-circuit), if the result can be determined only by looking at LHS.

? false && X is always false.

? true || X is always true.

    ? RHS is evaluated only if the result is not certain from the LHS.

7. Ternary operator

? Format a = x ? b : c ;

? x should be a boolean expression.

    ? Based on x, either b or c is evaluated. Both are never evaluated.

    ? b will be assigned to a if x is true, else c is assigned to a.

? b and c should be assignment compatible to a.

? b and c are made identical during the

    operation according to promotions.

8. Assignment operators.

? Simple assignment =.

    ? op= calculate and assign operators(extended assignment operators)

? *=, /=, %=, +=, -=

? x += y means x = x + y. But x is evaluated

    only once. Be aware.

    ? Assignment of reference variables copies the reference value, not the object body.

    ? Assignment has value, value of LHS after assignment. So a = b = c = 0 is legal. c = 0 is executed first, and the value of the assignment (0)

    assigned to b, then the value of that assignment (again 0) is assigned to a.

    ? Extended assignment operators do an implicit cast. (Useful when applied to byte, short or char)

byte b = 10;

    b = b + 10; // Wont compile, explicit cast reqd

since the expression evaluates to an int

    b += 10; // OK, += does an implicit cast from int to byte

9. General

    ? In Java, No overflow or underflow of integers happens. i.e. The values wrap around. Adding 1 to

    the maximum int value results in the minimum value.

    ? Always keep in mind that operands are evaluated from left to right, and the operations are executed in the order of precedence and associativity.

? Unary Postfix operators and all binary

    operators (except assignment operators) have left to right assoiciativity.

? All unary operators (except postfix

    operators), assignment operators, ternary operator, object creation and cast operators have right to left assoiciativity.

? Inspect the following code.

public class Precedence {

     final public static void main(String args[]) {

     int i = 0;

     i = i++;

     i = i++;

     i = i++;

     System.out.println(i); // prints 0, since = operator has the lowest precedence.

     int array[] = new int[5];

     int index = 0;

array[index] = index = 3; // 1st element get

    assigned to 3, not the 4th element

     for (int c = 0; c < array.length; c++)


     System.out.println("index is " + index); // prints 3



    Type of Operators Operators Associativity

    Postfix operators [] . (parameters) ++ -- Left to Right

    Prefix Unary operators ++ -- + - ~ ! Right to Left

    Object creation and cast new (type) Right to Left

Multiplication/Division/Modulus * / % Left to


Addition/Subtraction + - Left to Right

Shift >> >>> << Left to Right

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