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    Default Where to initialize varialbles?

    So, back in the day, all variables were initialized at the top of the program.

    int i, j,
    int k=0;

    for (i = 0; i<100; i++)
    for (j = 0; j<100; j++)
    k += k;

    But nowadays variables are initialized the first times they are used like:

    int k=0;

    for ( int i = 0; i<100; i++)
    for (int j = 0; j<100; j++)
    k += k;

    So my question is this: Even though it is nice and pretty to initialize the variables the first times they are used, isn't it a bit slower and wasteful? I mean, the counter variables have to be "constructed" and "torn down" every time a loop is entered and exited. Isn't it actually better the old way where the variable is only constructed once?
    But nobody does it that way anymore, so what am I missing?


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    Default Re: Where to initialize varialbles?

    No, it's the compiler that does the job, i.e. it can calculate the offset on the stack for every local variable and so it knows the total stack size needed for a single method; on entry of that method, the JVM creates a stack with that particular size, so there's no need to 'contruct' or remove variables over and over again ...

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    Default Re: Where to initialize varialbles?


    Many believe that variables should be declared in the smallest scope possible. Therefore if you have a class with 1000 lines of code and a loop way down at line 970 then declare your loop variables in or near the loop. No need to declare them waaaaaaay up the top of the class.
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