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'compare()' method can be used to compare numbers

Reports expressions that can be replaced by a call to the method or a similar method from the Long, Short, Byte, Double or Float classes, instead of more verbose or less efficient constructs.

If x and y are boxed integers, then x.compareTo(y) is suggested, if they are primitives, y) is suggested.


public int compare(int x, int y) { return x > y ? 1 : x < y ? -1 : 0; }

After the quick-fix is applied:

public int compare(int x, int y) { return, y); }

Note that and slightly change the code semantics. In particular, they make -0.0 and 0.0 distinguishable (, 0.0) yields -1). Also, they consistently process NaN value. In most of the cases, this semantics change actually improves the code. Use the checkbox to disable this inspection for floating point numbers if semantics change is unacceptable in your case.

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Last modified: 13 July 2023