size of an integer


I wonder if there is a function that I can know the size of an integer value??  Just like "sizeof" function in C++???
Any idea??


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brettmjohnsonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The size of integers varies in dialects of C to correspond to the native word size of
the underlying hardware.  Java is a "Virtual Machine", whose word size is always
32-bits, no matter what the underlying hardware.  Since, by definition, the size of
and int in Java will always be 32 bits, there is no need for sizeof().
xenia27Author Commented:
so in Java, I don't have any function like "sizeof" because the sizes of any kinda variables are fixed???
xenia27Author Commented:
so how can I know how many bits I actually used??
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xenia27Author Commented:
OK...let me confirm what I understand from all the post and the the size of all variables is fixed...and that means all bits will be used when you declare a variable and store something into the variable...even though we don't need to use all bits???
that is correct, so if you wanted to converve space then you would pick a data type that is just big enough.
>>so the size of all variables is fixed.

Except for boolean, which is platform dependent
sciuriwareConnect With a Mentor Commented:
xenia27, all of today's computers are byte oriented although they transfer their data in words (32, 48, 60, 64 or 128 bits)

In the good old days all mainframes were word oriented: if a CDC was 60 bits, you had to hussle in assembler
to pack your 6-bits texts or your 8-bits ASCII into words (because memory was few then).

Nowadays memory is plenty; sharing an integer between 2 variables that only need a part
of it (say 3 bits resp. 5 bits) is a bit strange with all those Mb or Gb around.
But if you must, you can write a class in which fields are shared between getters and setters.

(the result will be slower and BIGGER than straight code).

You can do it, if you must ........................

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