Learn JAVA #11

Java Booleans

Very often, in programming, you will need a data type that can only have one of two values, like:

  • YES / NO
  • ON / OFF

For this, Java has a boolean data type, which can store true or false values.

Boolean Values

A boolean type is declared with the boolean keyword and can only take the values true or false:


boolean isJavaFun = true;
boolean isFishTasty = false;
System.out.println(isJavaFun);     // Outputs true
System.out.println(isFishTasty);   // Outputs false

However, it is more common to return boolean values from boolean expressions, for conditional testing (see below).

Boolean Expression

Boolean expression is a Java expression that returns a Boolean value: true or false.

This is useful when we want to compare values to find answers.

For example, you can use a comparison operator, such as the greater than (>) operator, to find out if an expression (or a variable) is true:


int x = 10;
int y = 9;
System.out.println(x > y); // returns true, because 10 is higher than 9

Or even easier:


System.out.println(10 > 9); // returns true, because 10 is higher than 9

In the examples below, we use the equal to (==) operator to evaluate an expression:


int x = 10;
System.out.println(x == 10); // returns true, because the value of x is equal to 10


System.out.println(10 == 15); // returns false, because 10 is not equal to 15

Real Life Example

Let’s think of a “real life example” where we need to find out if a person is old enough to vote.

In the example below, we use the >= comparison operator to find out if the age (25) is greater than OR equal to the voting age limit, which is set to 18:


int myAge = 25;
int votingAge = 18;
System.out.println(myAge >= votingAge);

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