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Tip: Comparing Two Integers

Learn how to compare integers without being exposed to overflow risks.


Before Java 7, this task required a comparator and the compareTo() method. But, beginning with Java 7, is advisable to rely on Integer.compare(), which is not exposed to overflow risks of compareTo():

// replace x and y with two ints
int result = Integer.compare(x, y);


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Octavia Andreea Anghel is a senior PHP developer currently working as a primary trainer for programming teams that participate at national and international software-development contests. She consults on developing educational projects at a national level. She is a coauthor of the book "XML Technologies--XML in Java" (Albastra, ISBN 978-973-650-210-1), for which she wrote the XML portions. In addition to PHP and XML, she's interested in software architecture, web services, UML, and high-performance unit tests.
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