Returning from methods

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public double fahrenheitTempConverted(double celsiusTemp){
    double degreesFahrenheit = 9/5 * celsiusTemp + 32;
    return degreesFahrenheit;
}

Let's step through this word by word:

  • public is the access specifier, and it determines which objects can call the fahrenheitTempConverted function. There's several access specifiers, but for now: public means "anyone can use this function."
  • double is the type of the "thing" the method returns; it's the method's return type. This is just a warning though; to return something from the method, we need to include a return <data> statement somewhere in the method. Otherwise, we'll get a compiler error.
  • fahrenheitTempConverted is the method's name.
  • (double celsiusTemp) is the parameter list. The parameter list is always surrounded by parentheses, and the list's items are separated by commas. If the list is empty, the parentheses remain: (). Parameters are variables, defined only in that method. They're often used to pass information to the function.
  • double degreesFahrenheit = 9/5 * celsiusTemp + 32; and return degreesFahrenheit; is the method body. Each line ends with a semicolon (;) and is a complete Java statement. The method body is surrounded by curly braces.
  • return is a Java keyword that means "send back whatever is on this line." Since we declared the method's return type to be a double, Java expects that whatever follows the return keyword to be a double.

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