[Campbell]: BTW: Please write "boolean res = res1 || res2;" rather than using |.
I agree with this advice, but just to clarify: you should generally prefer || to | for an OR in boolean operations, e.g. in conditional expressions. This is not to be confused with the OR inside a regex, where | is what you need. Also in this particular example there is no real difference between | and ||, however in many other applications there is a difference. Generally you only want | if you're using integers, not booleans, and you want to perform bitwise operations like
If you want to operate on each bit individually like this, then | is what you want. But for boolean expressions with a single boolean result, || is clearer and also has the advantage of short-circuiting - not evaluating the second operand if it's not necessary. This is what you want probably 99% of the time, so it's good to get in the habit of writing || rather than |.
The same arguments would also apply to writing && rather than & for AND.
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Originally posted by Peter Heide: Thank you Richie.
You're welcome. And thank you, Jim for the explanation of || which I ought probably to have given myself.
Just a thought ... using | in boolean expressions is sometimes quite essential, especially when working with the Collections Framework. Think of this:
Then the outcome of
is quite different from the outcome of
basicallly because in the first way, t.add(b) is never touched unless Set s already contains Object a.
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Guido: true. I rarely see code that uses | like that, and personally I would probably rewrite it (or insert a comment) in order to make it more obvious that using | wasn't just a typo. Just because people aren't used to seeing it, and someone may try to "fix" it later without realizing the true intent.
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in productive code I'd surely add some comment. Plus, programming with such side effects isn't quite the style of code that is easy to read. Whole thing was just a thought ...
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