January 21, 1999

Inheriting From the Object Class

The Object class in Java is a superclass for all other classes defined in Java’s class libraries, as well as for user-defined Java classes. In object-oriented terms, an object is

Detecting Your Machine’s Endian

The term endian refers to the way a computer architecture stores the bytes of a multi-byte number in memory. If bytes at lower addresses have lower significance (Intel microprocessors, for

Initializing a Union

It is possible to initialize a union. Yet, unlike struct initialization, the initialization list of a union must contain a single initializer that refers to the first member in the