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Hi all !
This program calculates the power of a number using recursion.
if i set the initial value of ans(the local variable in the method power)
other than 1 , things get messed up why???
One other thing.
I'm using the following stmt
But even if i use
I get same answer.

But i guess the best approach is to simply return the expresion
return base1*power(base1,power1-1);

Thanks in advance

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[ October 31, 2002: Message edited by: Jessica Sant ]
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