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Thread: what are integer literals & where can they come in handy

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    Question what are integer literals & where can they come in handy

    so i was reading the article about primitive data types and i came across litterals. so i understand the uses of the 8 primative types but i dont understand why you would do this below

    float pi = 3.1415F;
    long pi2 = 3141L;

    does adding the extra 'F' / 'L' onto the value do anything ? i have been struggling to find infomation that I understand. also where would i use these in a program. thanks, hope you understand what im trying to get at :S massive learninng curve, SO MUCH TO LEARN !!

    if there are any articles you could link me to that would be great, just trying to save you time on explaining.

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    Default Re: what are integer literals & where can they come in handy

    Literals are constant piece of data and it tells the data type and value. Here are a few examples of literals:
    25 (int)
    25.0 (double)
    "hi!" (String)
    "42" (String)

    Notice how writing them differently is important. Here's the 1st part of a video series that gives a pretty comprehensive explanation of literals and data types: Java Tutorial 1.1 Primitives & Literals - YouTube

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