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Turning an int into a String

Mike Fourier

Joined: Apr 02, 2008
Posts: 25
So I've inherited a codebase. And pretty much everywhere that an object returns an int, where a String is desired, I find code like this:

Is there some sort of advantage to that code, that I don't understand? I mean: why not just this:

Paul Clapham

Joined: Oct 14, 2005
Posts: 18675

It's possible that the advantage was simply that the original programmer knew how to write that code but didn't know how to write your suggested replacement.
Consider Paul's rocket mass heater.
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