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Autoboxing was added in Java 1.5 as a means of converting between primitives and their object wrappers, and back again. The transformation is done by the Java compiler using the valueOf, xxxValue methods.

Examples –

[sourcecode language=”java”] Integer i = 10;

i = i + 10;

So this is great news because you can stop using primitives? Not quite – you still incur an overhead on object creation –

[sourcecode language=”java”] Integer total = 0;
for (int i=1; i<5000; i++){

The compiler would generate code similar to –

[sourcecode language=”java”] Integer total = 0;
for(int i=1; i<5000; i++){
  int result = total.intValue() + i;
  total = new Integer(result);

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