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Java Java Data Structures Getting There Object Inheritance

Object Inheritance

What's the difference b/t the first and second return stmt w/ regards to what the code will print out?

public String toString(){// toString returns a textual rep of an object
  return "Treet:  " + mDescription + " -@" + mAuthor;
  return "Treet:  \"" + mDescription + "\" -@" + mAuthor;
Ken Alger
Ken Alger
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Jordan Gauthier
Jordan Gauthier
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If I understand correctly, the second return will place double quotes around description while the first return will not. The escape character \" allows a developer to place a double quote within a string. Because a string is opened and closed with a double quote, the escape character \" is needed to add a literal double quote.

How they would output with mDescription and mAuthor acting as placeholders for the actual value passed into them:

First Return: Treet: mDescription -@ mAuthor

Second Return: Treet: "mDescription*"* -@ mAuthor