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Java Java Objects (Retired) Harnessing the Power of Objects Exceptions

Jari Koopman
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Jari Koopman
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printf or println

In the video of Exceptions (Java, Craig Dennis) there is the part about when you put in too many PEZ. The following is written:

System.out.println(β€œWhoa there!); System.out.printf(β€œThe error was: %s\n”, iae.getMessage());

I think somewhere in the course I missed something, cause I don't get the difference between println and printf. So is there anyone who can tell me the difference and when you use println and when printf?? Thank you!

1 Answer

Hi Jari,

printf prints a formatted string - that's why you can use %s and a load of other formatters within your output string.

println just prints out some text with a new line.

I hope that helps,


Here is some helpful documentation on how the formatter works.