Tech Jerk Tech Jerk - 17 days ago 5
Java Question

When to use wrapper class and primitive type

When I should go for wrapper class over primitive types? Or On what circumstance i should choose between wrapper / Primitive types?

Answer

Others have mentioned that certain constructs such as Collections require objects, and that objects have more overhead than their primitive counterparts (memory & boxing).

Another consideration is:

It can be handy to initialise Objects to null, or send null parameters into a method/constructor to indicate state or function. This can't be done with primitives.

Many programmers initialise numbers to 0 (default) or -1 to signify this, but depending on the scenario, this may be incorrect or misleading.

This will also set the scene for a NullPointerException when something is being used incorrectly, which is much more programmer-friendly than some arbitrary bug down the line.