meaning of percent sign in java SDK2.0

what does the percent sign in this code mean?

if(y % 2 == 1)
     system.out.println(a);
kitcoopAsked:
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avinthmCommented:
Hi ,

y % 2 results in remainder after dividing y by 2

cheers
Sys_ProgCommented:
Hi kitcoop,
> if(y % 2 == 1)
>      system.out.println(a);

It represents a modular (Remainder) operator.

Cheers!
suprapto45Commented:
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sciuriwareCommented:
% has the same meaning in ALL JAVA versions!

;JOOP!
Mayank SAssociate Director - Product EngineeringCommented:
yeah and it has not been changed since C, C++ ;-)
CEHJCommented:
In that case it means 'if y is an odd number'
modsiwCommented:
In that case it means 'if y is an odd number'

Actually it means if y is an odd number greater than 0.

-3 % 2 = -1

if(y % 2 != 0)   is a better 'if y is an odd number' statement.

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CEHJCommented:
Yes
modsiwCommented:
The comments by avinthm, sys_prog, suprapto45, and CEHJ contain correct answers to this question. The points should probably be reawarded or split.


Thanks much.

(also, this really wasn't worth 500pts)
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