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Java for Testers – short data type

Java for Testers – short data type

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In the previous article, I have explained about byte data type.

In this article, I am going to explain and practically demonstrate short data type in Java.

Java for Testers – short data type

short data type also stores the integer values similar to int data type.

But the size of short data type is 2 times smaller than the int data type.

i.e. int data type is 32 bit and can store the values in the range of -2147483648 to 2147483647

Whereas short is 16 bit and can store the values in the range of -32,768 to 32,767

In general, we use int data type for storing the integer values into a variable, unless we get any problem where we have to save memory and go with short data type.

Example of using short data type:

In the above example, we have declared the variable with the short data type, and hence we are able to store the integer values in the range of -32,768 to 32,767 into the variable.

Follow the below steps for practically implementing short data type in Java:

1) Let’s create a Java program and create a Demo class as shown below:

Note: If you are not aware of creating a Java project and a Class in Java, refer to our previous article – Creating a Java project in Eclipse IDE

Print statements - Java project

2) Inside the main() method, let’s create a variable, declare the variable with short data type and assign the variable with an integer value in the range of -32,768 to 32,767 say 9 as shown below:

short data type Java - short

3) Now print the value stored in the variable by printing the variable using the print statement as shown below:

short data type Java - short print

4) Save the Project and click on the ‘Run’ button.

Observe that the Program got executed and the integer value stored in the short declared variable g got printed as shown below:

short data type Java - short printed

Copy the above-explained code from the below section:

Here concludes this article.

In the next article, I will explain and demonstrate the long data type in Java.

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Arun Motoori (www.QAFox.com)

On a mission to help the Testing Community in all possible ways.

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