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When Must Local Variables Be Initialized?

 
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The following code compiles fine. I would like to know why variable c, a local variable, is not explicitly initililized? Do local variables need to be initilized immediately or just before use in an expression? Thanks.
public class TestClass
{
static int a;
int b;
public TestClass()
{
int c;
c = a;
a++;
b += c;
}
public static void main(String args[]) { new TestClass(); }
}
 
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Local variables must be initialized prior to their values being used. The following is legal:

while the following is illegal:

By assigning a to c, as you did, you initialized c. It doesn't need to be initialized immediately, just prior to its value being used in an expression.
I hope that helps,
Corey
 
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Thanks Corey for clearing up that loose end.
 
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