Operators in Java

The operator set in Java is extremely rich. Broadly, the operators available in Java are divided in the following categories.

  • Relational Operators
  • Arithmetic Operators
  • Logical Operators
  • Bitwise Operators
  • Misc Operators
  • Assignment Operators
The Relational Operator

Java also supports several relational operators. The list of relational operators that are supported by Java are given below.

Operation Operator Description
Equal To == Compares the value of two variables for equality
Not Equal To != Compares the value of two variables for inequality
Greater Than > Checks if one value is greater than the other value
Lesser Than < Checks if one value is lesser than the other value
Greater Than Or Equal To >= Checks if one value is greater than or equal to the other value
Lesser Than Or Equal To <= Checks if one value is lesser than or equal to the other value
The Arithmetic Operator

Operations in Java are used in essentially the same manner as in algebra. They are used with variables for performing arithmetic operations. Here is a list of arithmetic operators available in Java.

Operation Operator Description
Addition + Add the values of two variables
Subtraction Subtract the values of two variables
Multiplication * Multiplies the values of two variables
Division / Divides the values of two variables
Modulus % The resultant value is the remainder of division
Increment ++ Increases the value by 1
Decrement Decreases the value by 1
The Logical Operators

Logical operators are an integral part of any operator set. The logical operators supported by Java are listed in the table below.

Operation Operator Description
Logical AND && Returns True if both the conditions mentioned are true
Logical OR || Returns True if one or both the conditions mentioned are true
Logical NOT ! Returns True if the condition mentioned is False
The Bitwise Operators

The bitwise operators available in Java can be easily applied to a number of data types. These data types include byte, short, long, int and char. Typically, any bitwise operator performs the concerned operation bit-wise. For instance, if you consider the example of an integer x, which has the value 60. Therefore, the binary equivalent of x is 00111100. Consider another variable y, with the value 13 or 00001101. If we perform the bitwise operation & on these two numbers, then you will get the following result:

x&y = 0000 1100

The table shown below shows a list of bitwise operators that are available in Java.

Operation Operator Description
BINARY AND & Perform the AND Operation
BINARY OR | Perform the OR Operation
BINARY XOR ^ Perform the XOR Operation
ONE’S COMPLEMENT ~ Perform the complementation operation on a unary variable
BINARY LEFT SHIFT << Perform the left shifting of bits
BINARY RIGHT SHIFT >> Perform the right shifting of bits
Misc Operators

In addition to the above mentioned, there are several other operators, which are supported by Java.

Conditional Operator (? :):

The conditional operator is a ternary operator that contains three operands. Essentially, this operator is used for the evaluation of Boolean expressions. The operator tests the first operand or condition and if the condition is true, then the second value is assigned to the variable. However, if the condition is false, the third operand is assigned to the variable.

The syntax of this operator is as follows:

variable a = (< condition>) ? valueiftrue : valueiffalse

Sample implementation:

public class myTest {

public static void main(String args[]){

int x, y;

x = 5;

y = (x == 5) ? 15: 40;

System.out.println( “y = ” + y );

y = (x == 34) ? 60: 95;

System.out.println( “x = ” + y );

}

}

The compilation and execution of this code shall give the following result:

Output

y= 15

y= 95

instance of operator

Only object reference variables can be used with this operator. The objective of this operator is to check is an object is an instance of an exiting class.

The syntax of this operator is as follows:

(< object reference variable>) instanceof(< interface/class>)

Sample implementation of this operator and its purpose of use is given below:

public class myTest {

public static void main(String args[]){

int x = 4;

boolean resultant = x instanceof int;

System.out.println( resultant );

}

}

The output of this code shall be true. This operator can also be used in comparison. A sample implementation of this is given below:

class Animal {}

public class Monkey extends Animal {

public static void main(String args[]){

Animal newa = new Monkey();

boolean resultant = newa instanceof Monkey;

System.out.println( resultant );

}

}

The output for this code will also be true.

The Assignment Operator

There are following assignment operators supported by Java language:

Operation Operator Description
Simple assignment operator = Assigns a value on the right to the variable in the left
Add – assignment operator += Adds the value on the right to the value of the variable on the left and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
Subtract – assignment operator -= Subtracts the value on the right to the value of the variable on the left and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
Multiply – assignment operator *= Multiplies the value on the right to the value of the variable on the left and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
Divide – assignment operator /= Divides the value on the right to the value of the variable on the left and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
Modulus -assignment operator %= It takes the modulus of the LHS and RHS and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
Left shift – assignment operator <<= It takes the left shift of the LHS and RHS and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
Right shift – assignment operator >>= It takes the right shift of the LHS and RHS and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
Bitwise – assignment operator &= It takes the bitwise AND of the LHS and RHS and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
bitwise exclusive OR – assignment operator ^= It takes the bitwise XOR of the LHS and RHS and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
bitwise inclusive OR – assignment operator |= It takes the bitwise OR of the LHS and RHS and assigns the resultant to the variable on the left
Precedence of Java Operator

More often than not, operators are used in combinations in expressions. However, you must have also realized that it becomes difficult to predict the order in which operations will take place during execution. The operator precedence table for Java shall help you predict operator operations in an expression deduction. For instance, if you are performing addition and multiplication in the same expression, then multiplication takes place prior to addition. The following table illustrates the order and hierarchy of operators in Java. The associativity for all the operators is left to right.

Operator Category
() [] . (dot operator) Postfix
++ – – ! ~ Unary
* / % Multiplicative
+ – Additive
>> >>> << Shift
> >= < <= Relational
== != Equality
& Bitwise AND
| Bitwise OR
^ Bitwise XOR
&& Logical AND
|| Logical OR
?: Conditional
= += -= *= /= %= >>= <<= &= ^= |= Assignment
, Comma

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