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strictfp keyword in java
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  • Last Updated : 03 Oct, 2017

strictfp is a keyword in java used for restricting floating-point calculations and ensuring same result on every platform while performing operations in the floating-point variable.
Floating point calculations are platform dependent i.e. different output(floating-point values) is achieved when a class file is run on different platforms(16/32/64 bit processors). To solve this types of issue, strictfp keyword was introduced in JDK 1.2 version by following IEEE 754 standards for floating-point calculations.

    Important points:

  • strictfp modifier is used with classes, interfaces and methods only.
    strictfp class Test
        // all concrete methods here are
        // implicitly strictfp.    
    strictfp interface Test
        // all  methods here becomes implicitly 
        // strictfp when used during inheritance.    
    class Car
        // strictfp applied on a concrete method 
        strictfp void calculateSpeed(){}
  • When a class or an interface is declared with strictfp modifier, then all methods declared in the class/interface, and all nested types declared in the class, are implicitly strictfp.
  • strictfp cannot be used with abstract methods. However, it can be used with abstract classes/interfaces.
  • Since methods of an interface are implicitly abstract, strictfp cannot be used with any method inside an interface.
    strictfp interface Test 
        double sum();
        strictfp double mul(); // compile-time error here




    //Java program to illustrate strictfp modifier
    public class Test
        // calculating sum using strictfp modifier
        public strictfp double sum()
            double num1 = 10e+10;
            double num2 = 6e+08;
            return (num1+num2);
        public static strictfp void main(String[] args)
            Test t = new Test();





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