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Siva Nookala - 12 Apr 2016
return statement is used to explicitly return from a method. It causes the program control to transfer back to the caller of the method.

return can be used to return from any part of the method code.
Return Statement
class ReturnStatement
    public static void main(String arg[])
        boolean t = true;
        System.out.println("Before the return"); // LINE A
        if(t) return; // return to caller
        System.out.println("This won't execute"); // LINE B    

Before the return


After LINE A is executed, the return statement is called which will be prevent LINE B from executing. That is why we see only Before the return in the output.
We can not call return statement in the middle of method body with out having a if condition. If there is no if condition, return will be always called, so LINE B will never execute. The java compiler detects this scenario and shows a compilation error unreachable statement. To prevent that error we put an if condition, but ensured that it will be always true.

  • Change the value of variable b from true to false and see that both Before the return and This won't execute are printed since the return is statement is not called.
  • Replace the statement if(t) return; with return; to see the compilation error unreachable statement

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