Top 10 Errors Java Programmers Make
- By Matt Stephens
- March 19, 2006
This article at JavaCoffeeBreak describes 10 errors ostensibly made by Java programmers.
The errors include: forgetting that Java is zero-indexed; comparison assignment (= rather than ==); comparing two objects (== instead of .equals); and mistyping the name of a method when overriding.
That last one is almost redundant nowadays if you’re using a good IDE. The IDE will show a little icon next to the method name, if it’s overriding a parent method. If the name is misspelt, then the little icon won’t appear.
Actually, if a programmer was still making these mistakes a year or two after learning Java, I’d be worried. But these are all common pitfalls that beginning programmers make – so from that perspective, it’s a useful list to point the junior coders in your team towards (or senior programmers who are cross-training to Java, of course).