IN THIS CHAPTER
Assigning values to variables
Working with numbers
Using Java types
Back in 1946, John von Neumann wrote a groundbreaking paper about the newly emerging technology of computers and computing. Among other things, he established one fundamental fact: For all their complexity, the main business of computers is to move data from one place to another. Take a number — the balance in a person’s bank account. Move this number from the computer’s memory to the computer’s processing unit. Add a few dollars to the balance and then move it back to the computer’s memory. The movement of data … that’s all there is; there ain’t no more.
Good enough! This chapter shows you how to move your data around.
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