How to assign elements to an array

For arrays of primitive types, it’s possible to assign those elements that you can implicitly cast to the type of the array. Here’s an example:

byte b = 4;
char c = 'c';
int[] a = new int[2];
a[0] = b;
a[1] = c;

In an object array is possible to assign to it everything that passes an IS-A test. So if I have Honda extends Car that means I can assign to a Car[] a Honda reference. Not true the other way around (not every Car IS-A Honda).

I cannot assign entire arrays if they are of different type like int[]!=char[].

Multidimensional arrays can be assign to each others if they have the same declaration dimension (int[][] a can be assigned to int[][] b). Basically this compiles and runs:

int[][]	d = new int [2][];
int[][] e = new int [3][];			
d = e;

Initialization Blocks

You can have static or instance initialization blocks. They do not accept arguments and you can declare them with the following statements: static {} and {}. You can have more than one inside a class and they are executed in the order of declaration.

The static ones are called when the class is loaded, the instance ones are called after the call to super() in the constructor you are using.


They are there to use primitive in a context where is necessary an object (like when you declare a List) and they also have utility methods for primitives. They are immutable (like Strings).

Every wrappers has two constructors, one that accepts a primitive and one that accepts a String. Numerals wrappers accept a string number, Boolean accepts only “true” for true, the rest is evaluated to false. The wrapper Characters for obvious reasons does not have a String constructor.

The String constructor of numerals wrappers throws a NumberFormatException if the parsing fails.

Some Useful Methods

  • static <WrapperType> valueOf(String valueOf): you can use it to create a wrapper from a String. Numerals have a second argument indicating the numeric base like Integer.valueOf("110",2);
  • <primitiveType> primitiveTypeValue(): like intValue returns the primitive value of the wrapper instance;
  • static <primitiveType> parsePrimitive(): like parseInt. It works like valueOf() but returns a primitive;
  • toString(): we have the classic instance method, then we have two more: one static accepting a primitive and returning a String, the other one is just for Integer and Long that takes the primitive and the numeric base in which the string must be converted (Integer.toString(2, 2) returns "10" for example);
  • static to(Binary|Hexadecimal|Octal)String(): for Integer and Long it prints the number in the requested base;