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System.out.format(" %1$02x", ..... );

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Can anyone explain what is this formatting?
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by:for_yan
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It is probably System.out.printlf formatting the same a in C languhge
look ath these examples:
http://www.java2s.com/Code/JavaAPI/java.lang/System.out.printf.htm
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this is format struing syntaz
the same for System.out.printf or Systemm.out.format

http://download.oracle.com/javase/1.5.0/docs/api/java/util/Formatter.html#syntax
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Argument Index

especially look at this in your case
The argument index is a decimal integer indicating the position of the argument in the argument list. The first argument is referenced by "1$", the second by "2$", etc.

Another way to reference arguments by position is to use the '<' ('\u003c') flag, which causes the argument for the previous format specifier to be re-used. For example, the following two statements would produce identical strings:

       Calendar c = ...;
       String s1 = String.format("Duke's Birthday: %1$tm %1$te,%1$tY", c);

       String s2 = String.format("Duke's Birthday: %1$tm %<$te,%<$tY", c);

So it means that the first varuiable should be printed as heaxadecimal - two charctes - that;'sa my understanding:
System.out.format(" %1$02x", ..... );


     
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by:for_yan
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So you see if I print 16 it will print 10 (in hexadecimal - two positoions, as exopected)

          int mynum = 16;
System.out.format(" %1$02x",mynum );

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Output:
 10

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And this is how it prints number 11 in hexadecimal - occupying two positions
          int mynum = 11;
System.out.format(" %1$02x",mynum );

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 0b

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by:humansg
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Hi for_yan,

this is the formatting syntax.
%[argument_index$][flags][width]conversion

"%1$02x"
[argument_index$] is 1$    (which is the first argument <- understood)
[flags] is "0"                        (what is this flag about?)
[width] is "2"                       (2 character length?)
conversion is "x"                 (which is to hexadecimal base 16 <- understood)

The description used for flag is "The optional flags is a set of characters that modify the output format. The set of valid flags depends on the conversion."
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Yes, 2 is charcter length for sure, I think zero is not a flag, but just part of the width 02 -  ?
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Flag  General  Character  Integral  Floating Point  Date/Time  Description  
'-'  y  y  y  y  y  The result will be left-justified.  
'#'  y1  -  y3  y  -  The result should use a conversion-dependent alternate form  
'+'  -  -  y4  y  -  The result will always include a sign  
'  '  -  -  y4  y  -  The result will include a leading space for positive values  
'0'  -  -  y  y  -  The result will be zero-padded  
','  -  -  y2  y5  -  The result will include locale-specific grouping separators  
'('  -  -  y4  y5  -  The result will enclose negative numbers in parentheses  

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No, actually in this case flag is zero - result will be zero-padded - indeed "0b"
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Yeah, I got that too!
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