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Here, you can see that a variable with the value None is different from an undefined variable. All variables in Python come into existence by assignment. A variable will only start life as null in Python if you assign None to it.

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Note: The actual value produced by id will vary across systems, and even between program executions. Under CPython, the most popular Python runtime, id() does its job by reporting the memory address of an object. Two objects that live at the same memory address are the same object.

Now, the simplest strategy would be no strategy. That is do nothing, don't move and don't change color. However, the Strategy pattern requires the ball to have objects which implement the strategy interfaces. This is where the Null Object pattern becomes useful.

The key to the Null Object pattern is an abstract class that defines the interface for all objects of this type. The Null Object is implemented as a subclass of this abstract class. Because it conforms to the abstract class' interface, it can be used any place this type of object is needed. As compared to using a special "null" value which doesn't actually implement the abstract interface and which must constantly be checked for with special code in any object which uses the abstract interface.

It is sometimes thought that Null Objects are over simple and "stupid" but in truth a Null Object always knows exactly what needs to be done without interacting with any other objects. So in truth it is very "smart."

The null keyword is a literal that represents a null reference, one that does not refer to any object. null is the default value of reference-type variables. Ordinary value types cannot be null, except for nullable value types.

Nullability issues with generic types being used for Java interoperation. For example, a piece of Java code might add null into a Kotlin MutableList, therefore requiring a MutableList for working with it.

The NullPointerException occurs due to a situation in application code where an uninitialized object is attempted to be accessed or modified. Essentially, this means the object reference does not point anywhere and has a null value.

In this example, the printLength() method calls the length() method of a String without performing a null check prior to calling the method. Since the value of the string passed from the main() method is null, running the above code causes a NullPointerException:

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NullPointerException is a RuntimeException. In Java, a special null value can be assigned to an object reference. NullPointerException is thrown when program attempts to use an object reference that has the null value.These can be:

Why do we need the null value? Null is a special value used in Java. It is mainly used to indicate that no value is assigned to a reference variable. One application of null is in implementing data structures like linked list and tree. Other applications include Null Object pattern (See this for details) and Singleton pattern. The Singleton pattern ensures that only one instance of a class is created and also, aims for providing a global point of access to the object.A sample way to create at most one instance of a class is to declare all its constructors as private and then, create a public method that returns the unique instance of the class:

In above example, a static instance of the singleton class. That instance is initialized at most once inside the Singleton getInstance method.How to avoid the NullPointerException? To avoid the NullPointerException, we must ensure that all the objects are initialized properly, before you use them. When we declare a reference variable, we must verify that object is not null, before we request a method or a field from the objects.Following are the common problems with the solution to overcome that problem.

A very common case problem involves the comparison between a String variable and a literal. The literal may be a String or an element of an Enum. Instead of invoking the method from the null object, consider invoking it from the literal.

Before executing the body of your new method, we should first check its arguments for null values and continue with execution of the method, only when the arguments are properly checked. Otherwise, it will throw an IllegalArgumentException and notify the calling method that something is wrong with the passed arguments.

The ternary operator can be used to avoid NullPointerException. First, the Boolean expression is evaluated. If the expression is true then, the value1 is returned, otherwise, the value2 is returned. We can use the ternary operator for handling null pointers:

If you've used the null coalescing operator in the past, you probably also noticed its shortcomings: null coalescing doesn't work on method calls. Instead you need intermediate checks, or rely on optional helpers provided by some frameworks:

Here we have an Order object which has an optional relation to an Invoice object. Now imagine we'd want to get the invoice's number (if the invoice isn't null). You could do this both with the null coalescing operator and the nullsafe operator:

So what's the difference? While you could use both operators to achieve the same result in this example, they also have specific edge cases only one of them can handle. For example, you can use the null coalescing operator in combination with array keys, while the nullsafe operator can't handle them:

Sometimes you could use either the null coalescing or nullsafe operator, and other times you'd need to use a specific one. The difference is that the nullsafe operator uses a form of "short circuiting": writing ?-> will cause PHP to look at whats on the lefthand side of this operator, if it's null then the righthand side will simply be discarded. The null coalescing operator is actually an isset call in disguise on its lefthand operand, which doesn't support short circuiting.

The nullsafe operator is definitely a missing piece of the puzzle finally added in PHP. Given its dynamic nature, it feels good to have a smooth way of dealing with null. The difference and overlap between the nullsafe operator and null coalescing operator feels a bit confusing at first, but I'm sure we'll get used to it.

There is no one true solution to this problem. Rust and Kotlin both have theirown approach that makes sense in the context of those languages. This doc walksthrough all the details of our answer for Dart. It includes changes to thestatic type system and a suite of other modifications and new language featuresto let you not only write null-safe code but hopefully to enjoy doing so.

This document is long. If you want something shorter that covers just what youneed to know to get up and running, start with the overview. When you areready for a deeper understanding and have the time, come back here so you canunderstand how the language handles null, why we designed it that way, andhow to write idiomatic, modern, null-safe Dart. (Spoiler alert: it ends upsurprisingly close to how you write Dart today.)

Null safety begins in the static type system because everything else rests uponthat. Your Dart program has a whole universe of types in it: primitive typeslike int and String, collection types like List, and all of the classesand types you and the packages you use define. Before null safety, the statictype system allowed the value null to flow into expressions of any of thosetypes.

Here, we want to allow the dairy parameter to accept any string, or the valuenull, but nothing else. To express that, we give dairy a nullable type byslapping ? at the end of the underlying base type String. Under the hood,this is essentially defining a union of the underlying type and the Nulltype. So String? would be a shorthand for StringNull if Dart hadfull-featured union types.

But going the other direction and passing a nullable type to something expectingthe underlying non-nullable type is unsafe. Code that expects a String maycall String methods on the value. If you pass a String? to it, null couldflow in and that could fail:

To maintain soundness, the compiler silently inserts an as String cast on theargument to requireStringNotObject(). That cast could fail and throw anexception at runtime, but at compile time, Dart says this is OK. Sincenon-nullable types are modeled as subtypes of nullable types, implicit downcastswould let you pass a String? to something expecting a String. Allowing thatwould violate our goal of being safe by default. So with null safety we areremoving implicit downcasts entirely.

We divided the universe of types into nullable and non-nullable halves. In orderto maintain soundness and our principl