GCSE Computer Science: Variables and Data Types
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What is a variable in computer science?
In computer science, a variable is a named storage location in memory that holds a value or data. It allows a program to store and manipulate different values during program execution. The value stored in a variable can be changed as the program executes.
What are primitive data types in computer science?
Primitive data types are the basic data types in computer science. They are predefined by the programming language and typically occupy a fixed amount of memory. Examples of primitive data types include integers, floating-point numbers, characters, and booleans.
What is a data type in computer science?
In computer science, a data type is a classification of data that defines the type of data that can be stored in a variable. Data types specify the range of values that can be stored and the operations that can be performed on them.
What is the difference between a primitive data type and a non-primitive data type?
Primitive data types are the basic data types that are predefined by the programming language and typically occupy a fixed amount of memory. Non-primitive data types are more complex data types that are composed of primitive data types and are defined by the programmer. Examples of non-primitive data types include arrays, structures, and classes.
What is the purpose of declaring a variable's data type?
Declaring a variable's data type specifies the type of data that can be stored in the variable. It ensures that the variable can only hold values of that particular type and prevents errors that could occur if the wrong type of value is assigned to the variable. Declaring the data type of a variable also allows the program to allocate the appropriate amount of memory for that variable.