This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
The first takes a byte and creates a String with its contents. The second creates a new empty String, then retrieves its bytes in a specific encoding, then throws away this empty String. The byte should be empty.