Java: Short (class) vs short (primitive)
Short is a class, or a reference type, defined in the standard library. It stores a reference to an object containing a value (a "box").
short on the other hand, is a primitive type and part of the language itself. It stores an actual value.
We say that
Short is the wrapper type for
short, and objects of type
Short are boxed values.
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