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Difference between "Initialization" and "Assignment" ?

Anupam Bhatt
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Joined: Mar 12, 2004
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Quick question, what is the difference between initialization of a variable and assignment of a variable. I would say "the first assignment to a variable is initialization", is that correct? views?

Oh BTW this question struck to me after reading this statement "A local variable must be explicitly given a value, by either initialization or assignment, before it is used. "
Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46349
Assignment of a variable (or its name) means giving that variable to a value as its name.

myField = ...

You can assign several variables to the same value and (if not final) you can assign the same variable to different values at different times.
Read the assignment operator as "becomes equals to" or "receives the value of".

I think most people take initialisation to mean assigning a value to a variable or field in the same statement it is declared in.

Foo myField = new Foo();
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