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cardwell cupp
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Joined: Aug 16, 2001
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I have been reviewing some code lately, and have come across a line that uses a ? and a : I am assuming that this is some kind of shortcut for an if statment. Is that correct. Could anyone give me an explanation for those 2 symbols? How do you use them.
Manfred Leonhardt
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Joined: Jan 09, 2001
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Hi Cardwell,
Yes you are right. It is called conditional statement. An example:
System.out.println( "x = " + (x == null) ? null : x.intValue() );
The above example is equal to the following:
if( x == null )
System.out.println( "x = " + null );
System.out.println( "x = " + x.intValue() );
The '?' character means choose one of the following. The ':' character separates the two choices. The first choice is the 'true' value while the second one is the 'false' value.
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