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Java Case Keyword

This Java example uses the case keyword to select values in a switch. Cases can be stacked and fall through to the next case.
Case. This keyword is part of a switch. A case's inner statements are executed when the value switched upon has the value of the case. We can use final values and constants in cases.
Strings, ints, and chars are some of the variable types we can match in a case. A case usually has a break or return at its end. But if it does not, it falls through to the next case.String Switch
A complex example. This example uses many case statements. It stacks cases, which means multiple values (100, 1000, or 10000 for example) all match the same statement block.

Braces: The curly brackets are optional around the statements of a case. We can even have multiple statements, and no braces are required.

Finally: A final constant value (like the special string in this example) can be matched in a case.

Expression: An expression that can be compiled into a constant (like "cat" plus "100") is also allowed as the case value.

Java program that uses case statements public class Program { static String testCase(String value) { final String special = "constant"; String temp = ""; // Switch on the String value. switch (value) { case "100": case "1000": case "10000": { // Place braces around case statements. return "Multiple of ten"; } case "500": case "5000": case "50000": // No braces are needed. return "Multiple of fifty"; case special: // We can match a final constant. // ... Multiple statements can be in a case. String result = special.toUpperCase() + "!"; return result; case "cat" + "100": // This also matches a constant. // ... The string expression is compiled into a final String. return "CAT"; case "X": // This case will fall through so case "Y" is also entered. temp += "X"; case "Y": temp += "Y"; return temp; default: // The default case. return "Invalid"; } } public static void main(String[] args) { System.out.println(testCase("100")); System.out.println(testCase("1000")); System.out.println(testCase("5000")); System.out.println(testCase("constant")); System.out.println(testCase("cat100")); System.out.println(testCase("X")); System.out.println(testCase("Y")); System.out.println(testCase("?")); } } Output Multiple of ten Multiple of ten Multiple of fifty CONSTANT! CAT XY Y Invalid
Locals. In the testCase() method, we have a local variable String called temp. We build this up in the "X" and "Y" cases. When "X" is matched, the result is "XY."

Note: The case "X" has no termination statement (no break or return) so it falls through and also matches case "Y."

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Symmetry. In switch statement and cases, we have an opportunity to increase our program quality by adding symmetry. Each case can be seen as a separate but equal path.

And: In Java we can have all cases use the same bracket syntax so all statements are visually equal.

Tip: This can improve program readability. And readability in turn reduces the changes a program will have nasty bugs.

In Eclipse, cases can be hard to format correctly without help. Try selecting the Source menu. Then click Format—the cases will be indented.
A review. The case keyword in Java can handle constants (finals) and constant expressions. Default too is a case, but it omits the "case" keyword.
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