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Learn Java 12 Programming

By : Nick Samoylov
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Learn Java 12 Programming

By: Nick Samoylov

Overview of this book

Java is one of the preferred languages among developers, used in everything right from smartphones, and game consoles to even supercomputers, and its new features simply add to the richness of the language. This book on Java programming begins by helping you learn how to install the Java Development Kit. You will then focus on understanding object-oriented programming (OOP), with exclusive insights into concepts like abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism, which will help you when programming for real-world apps. Next, you’ll cover fundamental programming structures of Java such as data structures and algorithms that will serve as the building blocks for your apps. You will also delve into core programming topics that will assist you with error handling, debugging, and testing your apps. As you progress, you’ll move on to advanced topics such as Java libraries, database management, and network programming, which will hone your skills in building professional-grade apps. Further on, you’ll understand how to create a graphic user interface using JavaFX and learn to build scalable apps by taking advantage of reactive and functional programming. By the end of this book, you’ll not only be well versed with Java 10, 11, and 12, but also gain a perspective into the future of this language and software development in general.
Table of Contents (25 chapters)
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Section 1: Overview of Java Programming
Section 2: Building Blocks of Java
Section 3: Advanced Java

Converting between primitive types

The maximum numeric value a numeric type can hold depends on the number of bits allocated to it. The following are the number of bits for each numeric type of representation:

  • byte: 8 bit
  • char: 16 bit
  • short: 16 bit
  • int: 32 bit
  • long: 64 bit
  • float: 32 bit
  • double: 64 bit

When a value of one numeric type is assigned to a variable of another numeric type and the new type can hold a bigger number, such a conversion is called a widening conversion. Otherwise, it is a narrowing conversion, which usually requires a typecasting, using a cast operator.

Widening conversion

According to Java Language Specification, there are 19 widening primitive type conversions:

  • byte to short, int, long, float, or...