Lesson 3: Data Types
At the end of this lesson, you should be able to answer the following:
  • What is a data type?
  • What are some of the commonly used data types in C#?
C# is a very meticulous language. Every piece of data it encounters must have a type.
The type of the data determines the set of values that it can have, and also which operations can be performed with it. Depending on the syntax, C# can sometimes infer the type of the data.
Remember our Hello, World program earlier? We needed to enclose the text Hello, World! in double quotes ("") for it to be a valid value. Enclosing the text in double quotes made that entire piece of data be of the string type.
C# has many built-in data types. Some types have a special keyword in C#. We'll learn where these keywords are used later.
Here is a subset of the basic types you will likely encounter:

String

The string type can contain text values. The text can have letters, numbers, and symbols.
The length of the string can range from a single character to a whole paragraph - it can even be empty. They need to be enclosed in double quotes.
C# keyword: string
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"To you, 2000 years from now"
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Integer

The integer type can contain integer (whole number) values. Integers can have a negative value and can be written as-is.
C# keyword: int
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99
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Boolean

The boolean type has only two possible values, true or false. Booleans are used in conditional expressions (which we'll learn in another lesson.)
C# keyword: bool
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true
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Character

The character type can contain a single character. Characters can be letters, numbers, and symbols. They need to be enclosed in single quotes ('').
C# keyword: char
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'a'
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Floating-Point Numeric

The floating-point numeric type can contain numbers with fractional values, represented in decimal format. Like integers, they can be written as-is.
C# keyword: double (short for double-precision floating-point)
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3.1416
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Console.WriteLine() doesn't just take string values. It can also print out values of other types.
Try printing out each example above by calling Console.WriteLine() and replacing the value in the round brackets.
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// String
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Console.WriteLine("To you, 2000 years from now");
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// Integer
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Console.WriteLine(99);
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// Boolean
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Console.WriteLine(true);
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// Character
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Console.WriteLine('a');
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// Floating-Point Numeric
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Console.WriteLine(3.1416);
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Run the program - you should see the values in the console output.
Question
What is the data type of each value below?
  1. 1.
    "true"
  2. 2.
    -24601
  3. 3.
    false
  4. 4.
    1.38064852
  5. 5.
    ' '
Challenge
Try to come up with your own values for each data type! Replace the code above with your values to print them out.
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