Variables – Java Tutorial Podcast Episode 2

by Trevor Page on September 21, 2012

Fundamentals of Programming with Java

- All programming languages share common traits
- Java in particular is an Object Oriented programming language
- Everything can be represented as an Object (think of of nouns in the English language)
- a Chair, a Desk, a Person, a User etc.


- What is a variable?
- In computer programming, a variable is a storage location and an associated symbolic name which contains some known or unknown quantity or information, a value.

- cryptic, here’s what it really means:
- Store information for later use, and store it in a way that you can reference it
- this is known as a variable name!
- variable name is just a word, a word that represent’s what you’re storing

- if you go to a website, website asks for your name, you type it in, boom that’s a variable

Variables have Types

- String – store a regular sentence (alphanumeric – numbers and letters)
- Integer – Whole numbers on (no decimals)
- Double – Number with decimals (about 16 significant figures)
- Float – Number with fewer decimal places than Double (about 8 significant figures)

Rules for Creating Variables

  • Variables should start with a lower case letter
  • Variables shouldn’t have spaces in their names (it’s not allowed)
    • If you absolutely HAVE to simulate a space in a variable name, use an underscore (_)
  • If your variable has multiple words in it, just use camel casing, for example:
    • String thisIsMyVariableNameWithoutSpacesAndItUsesCamelCasing
    • Note: as a rule of thumb, variable names should be no more than 4 or 5 words stuck together
  • You can’t begin a variable name with a number, it has to be a letter or an underscore (_)
  • Your Homework

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

John David Tupper February 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Hi Trevor,

Great stuff with the podcast. Love that you include homework in the show notes.

I am a little confused about the site navigation at the top of the page. Where is the podcast button like SPI?
Am I missing the location of the podcast show notes? I listened to the podcast and added /session1 and session2. On iTunes I see you have 14 shows to the podcast. Is there a navigational way to get to this content (show notes) or do I just need to know to type the session number and it’s kind of hidden content?

Even after I stumble on one session of show notes there is no navigation between them.

Thanks I am a big listener of Pat Flynn and John Lee Dumas great interviews.


Trevor Page February 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

That’s an excellent point you bring up John. I’m going to see what I can do to fix that up today.

Thanks for your kind words and your suggestions, it’s so valuable to me to get this kind of feedback!


Leave a Comment

Powered by sweet Captcha

Previous post:

Next post: