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Tip: Using Single Quotes in Java

Learn more about the intricacies of using single quotes.


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The difference is visible when you use the single quote with the + sign. The char value is converted to the ascii value and then summed up.

However, you have to be careful when using in concatenation with a String. The value is just concatenated and not ascii converted.

public class UsageOfSingleQuote
{
   public static void main(String args[])
   {
      UsageOfSingleQuote usageOfSingleQuote = new UsageOfSingleQuote();
      usageOfSingleQuote.proceed();
   }
   
   private void proceed()
   {
      System.out.println("Prints: " + 'A'); //Prints the char
      System.out.println("Prints: " + 'a'); //Prints the char
      System.out.println('A' + 'A'); //Converts to ascii value , sums up and then prints the value
      System.out.println("Abc" + 'A'); //Pure String concatenation
   }
}

/*

Expected output:

[root@mypc]# java UsageOfSingleQuote
Prints: A
Prints: a
130
AbcA

*/ 

 

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Sridhar M S. is a Java developer from Bangalore, India. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science.
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