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Data types in Java
There are two data types available in Java −
- Primitive Data Types
- Reference/Object Data Types
Primitive Data Types
There are eight primitive data types supported by Java. Primitive data types are predefined by the language and named by a keyword. Let us now look into the eight primitive data types in detail.
Byte data type is an 8-bit signed two's complement integer
Minimum value is -128 (-2^7)
Maximum value is 127 (inclusive)(2^7 -1)
Default value is 0
Byte data type is used to save space in large arrays, mainly in place of integers, since a byte is four times smaller than an integer.
Example − byte a = 100, byte b = -50
Short data type is a 16-bit signed two's complement integer
Minimum value is -32,768 (-2^15)
Maximum value is 32,767 (inclusive) (2^15 -1)
The short data type can also be used to save memory as byte data type. A short is 2 times smaller than an integer
The default value is 0.
Example − short s = 10000, short r = -20000
Int data type is a 32-bit signed two's complement integer.
Minimum value is - 2,147,483,648 (-2^31)
Maximum value is 2,147,483,647(inclusive) (2^31 -1)
Integer is generally used as the default data type for integral values unless there is a concern about memory.
The default value is 0
Example − int a = 100000, int b = -200000
Long data type is a 64-bit signed two's complement integer
Minimum value is -9,223,372,036,854,775,808(-2^63)
Maximum value is 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 (inclusive)(2^63 -1)
This type is used when a wider range than int is needed
Default value is 0L
Example − long a = 100000L, long b = -200000L
Float data type is a single-precision 32-bit IEEE 754 floating point
Float is mainly used to save memory in large arrays of floating point numbers
Default value is 0.0f
Float data type is never used for precise values such as currency
Example − float f1 = 234.5f
The double data type is a double-precision 64-bit IEEE 754 floating point
This data type is generally used as the default data type for decimal values, generally the default choice
Double data type should never be used for precise values such as currency
Default value is 0.0d
Example − double d1 = 123.4
boolean data type represents one bit of information
There are only two possible values: true and false
This data type is used for simple flags that track true/false conditions
Default value is false
Example − boolean one = true
char data type is a single 16-bit Unicode character
Minimum value is '\u0000' (or 0)
Maximum value is '\uffff' (or 65,535 inclusive)
Char data type is used to store any character
Example − char letter A = 'A'
Reference variables are created using defined constructors of the classes. They are used to access objects. These variables are declared to be of a specific type that cannot be changed. For example, Employee, Puppy, etc.
Class objects and various type of array variables come under reference data type.
The default value of any reference variable is null.
A reference variable can be used to refer any object of the declared type or any compatible type.
Example − Animal animal = new Animal("giraffe");
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