Java - Variables

Java - Variables

  • Variable is the name of the kept back region allotted in memory. It can declare based on any Primitive or Reference types prescribed by Java language
  • Syntax for Variable declaration is:
Data type variable_name [=value];

  • More than a single variable can be declared for the same data type, in the same line. 
  • When a variable is declared, the computer allocates memory block, named by that variable, according to the variable’s data type. 
  • This block is stored with the value of that variable.

Types of variables :

  1. Local variables
  2. Instance variables
  3. Static variables
Local Variable : 

  • Declared inside the method / constructor.
  • Holds life till the survival of that particular method / constructor.
  • Cannot be accessed outside of its method / constructor.
  • Must be allotted a value soon after its declaration.
  • Memory allocations are executed inside the stack.
  • Access modifiers are not applicable due to its limited scope.
Instance Variable : 
  • Declared outside the method but inside the class.
  • Created when an object is formed using 'new' keyword and shattered when the object is destroyed.
  • Can be referenced anywhere all over the class.
  • Memory allocations are executed in the heap.
  • Free to be declared before or after its usage.
  • Access modifiers are applicable.
  • Has a default value as null.
  • Called by name at the place of access in non-static methods. 
  • Called by fully qualified name like ObjectReferenceName.InstanceVariableNamewithin static methods.
Static variable : 
  • Declared with the static keyword inside the class, but inside a method.
  • Created when the program execution starts and shattered when the program execution ends.
  • Seldom used.
  • Always declared as constant and hence never have a change in its value.
  • Can be referenced anywhere all over the class, similartoinstance variable.
  • Memory allocations are executed in static memory.
  • Access modifiers such as public / private and final are applicable.
  • Default values are allotted as per the variable type.
  • Accessed by the user using ClassName.VariableName.

Sample Code :

public class Variables
  int val1 = 100; 
  public static int val2 = 200;  
  public static void main(String[] args)
	Variables objVar = new Variables();
      int result = 0; 
      result = val1 + val2;
      System.out.println("WikiTechy - Sum of Integers :" + result);

Code Explanation :

    Instance Variable – has life all over the class “Variables”.

    Static Variable – has life all over the class “Variables”.

    Local Variable – has life within the method “MyAddition()”.

Output :