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Turning an int into a String
So I've inherited a codebase. And pretty much everywhere that an object returns an int, where a String is desired, I find code like this:

Is there some sort of advantage to that code, that I don't understand? I mean: why not just this:

It's possible that the advantage was simply that the original programmer knew how to write that code but didn't know how to write your suggested replacement.
Gravity is a harsh mistress. But this tiny ad is pretty easy to deal with:
Why should you try IntelliJ IDEA ?

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