In This Chapter
Boolean expressions for fun and profit (or is it for fun or profit?)
Your basic, run-of-the-mill if statement
else clauses and else-if statements
Nested if statements
The weird ?: operator
The proper way to do string comparisons
So far in this book, all the programs have run straight through from start to finish without making any decisions along the way. In this chapter, you discover two Java statements that let you create some variety in your programs. The if statement lets you execute a statement or a block of statements only if some conditional test turns out to be true. And the switch statement lets you execute one of several blocks of statements depending on the value of an integer variable.
The if statement relies heavily ...