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# Q. from JQ+

Greenhorn
Posts: 13
Hi all, this is a q. from JQ+.
What statements regarding the following code snippet are ture?
int a = 4;
int b = 6;
System.out.println( a--b ); // ie. a (no space) minus (no space) minus (no space) b

options are-
a. It will print 10
b. It won't compile
c. It will compile if a--b is replaced by a- -b
d. It will compile if a--b is replaced by a---b
e. It will compile if a--b is replaced by a+-b
ANS. are b,c,d,e.
They have given explanation,but I want more explanation for this
--Thanks.

mister krabs
Posts: 13974
b. a--b is not a valid statement. The compiler can't tell if the double -- is a decrement or a minus sign or a negative sign indicator.
c. a- -b is (a minus negative b)
4 - (-6) = 4 +_ 6 = 10
d. a---b is (a with post decrement minus b)
4 - 6 = -2
a = 3 because of the post decrement
e. a+-b is (a plus negative b)
4 + (-6) = -2

Ranch Hand
Posts: 94
The ans. is b. Check yourself by compiling it.
Jyotsna

Jyotsna Umesh
Ranch Hand
Posts: 94

Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
b. a--b is not a valid statement. The compiler can't tell if the double -- is a decrement or a minus sign or a negative sign indicator.
c. a- -b is (a minus negative b)
4 - (-6) = 4 +_ 6 = 10
d. a---b is (a with post decrement minus b)
4 - 6 = -2
a = 3 because of the post decrement
e. a+-b is (a plus negative b)
4 + (-6) = -2

Thomas, how did you get the code compiled with making suggested changes? I somehow failed to compile with Visual Cafe.
Jyotsna

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