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The value 17 is put into cell 0 of data.

Arrays are Objects

Array declarations look like this:

type[] arrayName;

This tells the compiler that arrayName is the name of an array containing type. However, the actual array is not constructed by this declaration. This declaration merely declares a reference variable arrayName which, sometime in the future, is expected to refer to an array object.

Often an array is declared and constructed in one statetment, like this:

type[] arrayName = new type[ length ];

This statement does two things: (1) It tells the compiler that arrayName will refer to an array of type. (2) It constructs an array object containing length number of cells.

An array is an object, and like any other object in Java, it is constructed out of main storage as the program is running. The array constructor uses different syntax than other object constructors:

new type[ length ]

This names the type of data in each cell and the number of cells. Once an array has been constructed, the number of cells it has does not change. Here is an example:

int[] data = new int[10];

This statement creates the array data and puts a zero into each cell.


  1. What is the length of the array data?
  2. What are the indexes of data?