The Java Byte

In Java literature, a byte refers to a group of 8 bits as in the mainframe.  Java primitive data types are independent of the byte size of any native machine.  Most that run Java are Unicode-based, 16-bit byte machines.

Type Bytes  Bits
byte 1 8    
short 2 16    
int 4 32    
long 8 64    
float 4 32    
double 8 64    
char 2 16    
boolean 1 8    

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