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# incrementor question

Greenhorn
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• • public class Static
{
static
{
int x = 5;
}

static int x,y;
public static void main(String args[])
{
x--; myMethod();
System.out.println(x + y + ++x);
}

public static void myMethod()
{
y = x++ + ++x;
}
}

My question is why does "y" in myMethod evaluate to 0.

Happy Studying Greenhorn
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static
{
int x = 5;
} this is block variable so wont matter.

static int x,y; here x = 0, y=0
x-- x is still 0 post operator --- @1
myMethod()
y = x++ + ++x;

here x++( would make x = -1 as the post o/p @1 would get result)
++x ( this would cause the previous x++ to give value (-1 + 1) 0 and then
-1 + 1 + 1= 1)

so y = -1 + 1 = 0

Hope this helps

Annette Sovereign
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• • here x++( would make x = -1 as the post o/p @1 would get result)

Hi there,

Thanks for responding. I'm sorry I'm not sure I understand what the statement means. How x++ would make x become equal to -1 is a mystery to me. I was able to evaluate the expression to 0, but I'm not sure my reasoning is correct.

If someone can break it down, that would be great.

I'm trying to work out when the post increment operator on x is applied.

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The order of evaluation on the y = x++ + ++x statement is as follows:

x++ - Pre-evaluation, x=-1. This expression will evaluate to -1, then set x=0.
++x - Pre-evaluation, x=0. x will be set to 1 with the pre-increment operator. The expression will then evaluate to 1.

So we have: y = -1 + 1, and thus y = 0. Hope that makes sense? First, you drop a couch from the plane, THEN you surf it. Here, take this tiny ad with you: The trailboss has a kickstarter https://coderanch.com/t/754577/Garden-Master-kickstarter