How do I use the && operator in Java?

The && operator also known as conditional-AND operator or short circuit AND. This operator exhibit “short-circuiting” behavior, which means that the second operand is evaluated only if needed.

The && operator evaluate only boolean values. For an AND (&&) expression to be true, both operands must be true. If the first operand resolves false, then the && operator will not evaluate the second operand, because it already know the complete expression will return false.

package org.kodejava.example.fundamental;

public class ConditionalANDDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // second operand (2<3) is not evaluated, because the first
        // operand return false the result of complete expression
        // can't be true
        boolean a = (5 < 3) && (2 < 3);

        // first operand return true, second operand is evaluated
        // to check the result of the second expression if second
        // operand resolves to true, the complete expression return
        // false, otherwise return false
        boolean b = (1 == 1) && (2 < 3);
        boolean c = (1 == 1) && (5 < 3);

        System.out.println("result a: " + a);
        System.out.println("result b: " + b);
        System.out.println("result c: " + c);

The result of the code snippet:

result a: false
result b: true
result c: false
Wayan Saryada

Wayan Saryada

A programmer, runner, recreational diver, currently living in the island of Bali, Indonesia. Mostly programming in Java, creating web based application with Spring Framework, Hibernate / JPA.
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