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This lesson discusses the ramifications of types short, long, byte, char, and float not being included in the Java subset for the AP Computer Science A exam.

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Preface

General

This tutorial lesson is part of a series of lessons dedicated to the AP Computer Science A Exam .

The purpose of the series is to help you to better understand the Java Subset specifications for the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam.

For example, if you access the AP Computer Science Course Description and scroll down to Appendix A titled AP Computer Science Java Subset , you will find the following specification :

1. The primitive types int, double, and boolean are part of the AP Java subset.

The other primitive types short, long, byte, char, and float are not in the subset.

In particular, students need not be aware that strings are composed of char values. Introducing char does not increase the expressiveness of the subset.

Students already need to understand string concatenation, String.substring, and String.equals. (This is a requirement in a different part of the course description .)

Not introducing char avoids complexities with the char/int conversions and confusion between "x" and 'x'.

(Note that I inserted some explanatory text in parentheses and also inserted some line breaks for clarity. Also note that this is the wordingthat appeared on the website on March 1, 2011. It may change over time.)

May be clear to some, but not to others

While some students and their homeschool parents may know exactly what is meant by this text, others may not. Therefore, my objective will be to elaborateon and attempt to clarify such specifications from a technical viewpoint to help those students and their parents get a better understanding of where they needto concentrate their efforts.

Viewing tip

I recommend that you open another copy of this document in a separate browser window and use the following links to easily find and view the figureswhile you are reading about them.

  • Figure 1 . Calculating the number of cans of paint to purchase.
  • Figure 2 . Value ranges for integer types.
  • Figure 3 . Representing a large range of values.
  • Figure 4 . Value range for floating-point types.

Supplemental material

I recommend that you also study the other lessons in my extensive collection of online programming tutorials. You will find a consolidated index at www.DickBaldwin.com .

Discussion

Java, C++, C#, and some other modern programming languages make heavy use of a concept that we refer to as type, or data type. We refer to those languages as strongly typed or type-sensitive languages.

Not all languages are type-sensitive languages. In particular, some languages hide the concept of type from the programmer and automatically deal with type issues behind the scenes.

Different types of data

Type-sensitive programming languages deal explicitly with different types of data. Some data types involve whole-numbers only (no fractional parts are allowed) . We generally refer to these as integer types.

Questions & Answers

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Brian Reply
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Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
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how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
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Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
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what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
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what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
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sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
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How can I make nanorobot?
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
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there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
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how can I make nanorobot?
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what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
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are you nano engineer ?
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fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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