Chapter Summary


The following topics were discussed in this chapter:

  • basic language elements: identifiers, keywords, literals, white spaces, and comments

  • primitive data types: integral, floating-point, and Boolean

  • converting numbers between decimal, octal, and hexadecimal systems

  • lifetime of fields and local variables

  • declaration and initialization of variables, including reference variables

  • usage of default values for fields

  • structure of a valid Java source file

  • declaration of the main() method whose execution starts the application