This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
So basically, a literal is a specific value in the source code. For example, in the line int x = 10;, the "10" is an int literal. Or in the line System.out.println("abc");, the "abc" is a String literal.
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