Saturday, 16 March 2013

MCQ #8

Question) Assume x = 0 and y = 3. What is the value of x after :  x = y++;


  • 0
  • 3
  • 4
Answer) 3

Explanation)   You must know the difference between pre-increment (++x) and post-increment(x++)  operators before you can answer this question.

Difference between ++x and x++

       Pre-increment operator(++x) will first increment the value of x and then carry out any operations that are due whereas in post-increment(x++) operator , operation is first carried out and then x in incremented.
     Sounds a bit hard to digest?
       Lets take an example to ensure we understand it completely.

int x = 0;
int y = 3;

Lets consider pre-increment operator first(++y)

x = ++y;

Result of above will be x = 4 and y = 4 because pre-increment operator first increments the value i.e value becomes 5 and then carries out the = operation.

Now lets see the post-increment operator(y++)

x = y++;

 Result of above will be x = 3 and y = 4 because post-increment operator first carries out the = operation i.e assigns value 3 to x and then increments the value of y to 4.

       Our question represents the second case(post-increment). So our answer is 3.

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