No performance differenced you'd ever need to worry about.
You do see people write == tests "backwards" for a good reason. You could easily mistype "a = 10" instead of "a == 10". It's likely to be valid syntax so the compiler won't catch it, but you sure won't get the results you want. If you turn around "10 = a" the compiler will complain and help catch your tiny typo.
And when you get to objects, the "backwards" syntax helps avoid null pointer exceptions. Consider these two lines
If input is null, the first line throws an exception, but the second doesn't. For some reason it bugs me to see this:
Oh, one reason is it's easy to again mistype & instead of && and still get the darned exception! [ October 27, 2005: Message edited by: Stan James ]
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Originally posted by Stan James: You do see people write == tests "backwards" for a good reason. You could easily mistype "a = 10" instead of "a == 10". It's likely to be valid syntax so the compiler won't catch it, but you sure won't get the results you want.
It's likely in C/C++, but not in Java.
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Yeah, I guess it would only work on booleans?
if ( x = true )
which would be silly in the first place. Still, it seems like I got burned on this at some point ... the syntax for = and == both worked. Can't remember what I was doing tho.
I almost added to that post that the "backwards" syntax very often tells you the author wrote C before Java. I didn't but I still write this way some times.
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Originally posted by Stan James: Yeah, I guess it would only work on booleans?
if ( x = true )
which would be silly in the first place.
I'm not sure, but I seem to remember that some compilers (Eclipse?) can flag a warning for such code.
subject: what is the difference between a==10 and 10==a