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Jackk Ripper

Joined: Apr 12, 2007
Posts: 1

I have this piece of code:
class Test {
public static void main(String s[]) {
int a = 1;

a = 2 + a + a++ + 3;
a = 1;
a = 2 + a++ + 3 + a;

The output is:

Shouldn't the values be equal? I thought that values for all variables are first retreive. Then the unary operators are applied. Then lastly, the binary operators are applied from left to right. Please help.

Chandra Bhatt
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 28, 2007
Posts: 1707
Hi Ripper,

Welcome to JavaRanch,

--> Left to right operation
a++, a is incremented after it is used.
int a=1;
a = 2 + a + a++ + 3;

a = a + 1 + 1 + 3=7;

(Simply understand in the way: You are assigning the resultant to the a itself, so incremented a goes lost)

a = 2 + a++ + 3 + a;
a = 2 + 1 + 3 + 2=8;

Got it?


marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

"Jackk Ripper,"

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