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Final variables and downcasting

del boy

Joined: May 09, 2002
Posts: 6
I do not understand why when we try to assign a FINAL variable of type primitive data type (eg. int ) to a lower type (eg. byte)
the compiler WILL NOT throw an error, only IF the value of the final variable is within range.... if you look at case 2 below if the variable
g is NOT final will have compiler error: POSSIBLE LOSS OF PRECISION, same with case 3 when final var is larger than data range of byte.
MY QUESTION IS: WHY with final variable in the first case we DO NOT have to explicitly downcast ???
Many thanks in advance!
Thomas Paul
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Joined: May 05, 2000
Posts: 13974
Because the compiler knows that the final variable can never be changed to something else so it will never be beyond the range.

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