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# returning a value from a method with recursion

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I coded this method.

On running this method by passing any positive parameter it should return 0. But it is returning -1.
WHY?

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Hey,

This method will always return -1 to wherever it is called from unless the input value is 0 (then it returns 0).

What is it that you are trying to do?

Sean

Mahendra Kariya
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Sean Clark wrote:

This method will always return -1 to wherever it is called from unless the input value is 0 (then it returns 0).

Yes. But at some point of time, input value will be 0.! Then, it should return 0.

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You have to remember that there are as many returns as there are calls. so

call 1 --- test(1)

not 0

call 2 --- test(0)

is 0

return 0

-- back in call 1

return -1

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Mahendra Kariya wrote:

Sean Clark wrote:

This method will always return -1 to wherever it is called from unless the input value is 0 (then it returns 0).

Yes. But at some point of time, input value will be 0.! Then, it should return 0.

And it does return 0 when n is 0. However, if n is not 0, the return value of the recursive call is completely ignored.

Sean Clark
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Mahendra Kariya wrote:

Sean Clark wrote:

This method will always return -1 to wherever it is called from unless the input value is 0 (then it returns 0).

Yes. But at some point of time, input value will be 0.! Then, it should return 0.

Yes it does return 0, but because of where you have put the code

for every recursion it will get the value returned (do nothing with it) and then return -1.
Does that make sense?

Sean

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