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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: 19345

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.
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