What does this line means in Java

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if (number < 0) number = (number* -1); 

What does this line mean, especially number*, I've never seen before a statement like this in java, I'm new.


It looks a bit like a C pointer, but it’s just multiplication.

When properly formatted:

if (number < 0)     number = number * -1; 

This code multiplies number by -1 if number is negative.

The code guarantees number is positive, except if number is Integer.MIN_VALUE, in which case it stays unchanged!

Also, best practice uses braces around the if block:

if (number < 0) {     number = number * -1; } 


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