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Multi variable for loop output
What will be the output of the following program?
class MultiVariableFor

    public static void main(String s[])
        int a, b;
        for(a = 1, b = 4; a < b; a++, b--)
            System.out.println("a = " + a);
            System.out.println("b = " + b);

A. Compilation error since both a++ and b-- 
should not be present in the iteration section (i.e after the second semicolon)
B. a = 1
b = 4
a = 2
b = 3
a = 3
b = 2
C. a = 1
b = 4
a = 2
b = 3
D. Compilation error since both a = 1 and b = 4 
should not be present in the initialization section (i.e before the first semicolon)
Topic: for Loop In Java

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User comments below. All of them might not be correct.

c we are using for loop for iteratiom.... initially a=1 and b=4 as a<b condition satisfies.... so it will print a and b as 1 and 4 then a is incremented to 2 and b decremntd to 3 acc to loop....... again a<b condition satisfies amd it will print 2 and 3 a incrmntd to 3 and b decremented. to 3 a=b condition not met and it will exit frm loop....

Posted by Asma Mujtaba Khan    2015-01-07 03:56:46

i'll go with option "c" ... the reason is like .. we are using post increment and post decrement operators in the for(a++ , b--).. So in 1st run a<b and a=1,b=4 after 1st iteration a=2,b=3 .. So 2nd iteration also a<b , and after 2nd iteration a=3,b=2 ... So while Checking for 3rd iteration a<b condition fails... and loop exits

Posted by ?????????? ?????    2015-01-07 06:56:49


Here For Loop is used with two counters 'a' and 'b'.

--Counter 'a' is initialized to '1' and 'b' to '4'

1st iteration-a=1
a++ -->a=2
b-- -->b=3
a<b --> 2<3(true)
Therefore Loop will execute it's next iteration.

2nd iteration-a=2
a++ -->a=3
b-- -->b=2
a<b --> 3<2 (false)

Therefore Loop will not execute it's next iteration.Loop will terminate here.

Posted by Mânïshå Mùlchåndânï    2015-01-07 06:58:29

C is the correct the loop will work until a>=b

Posted by Deion Davis    2015-01-07 10:14:31

c. is the correct ans...

Posted by Shubham Bansal    2015-01-07 12:32:06

Answer is C.. a>b fails in the third iteration because of changing in the values of a and b after 1st and 2nd iteration. so loop exists.

Posted by Sai Ram    2015-01-07 17:25:19

ans this program initially we declared a,b int variables,thn in for both variables initialized with 1, "," is used to separate 2 variables,but in condition statement we need to give 1 condition with combination of both variables,thn a post incremnted ,b post a=1,b=4,condition 1<4 true so 1,4 get printed ,thn a incremented to 2,b decrementd to 3,nw 2<3 true so a=2,b=3 get printed,thn increment a value is 3,b value decremented is 2,3<2 condition failed so control goes out of loop

Posted by Maheshwari Natarajan    2015-01-08 11:35:07

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