# Javagony/Conditions: Comparing 2 numbers

## Introduction

As noted in the preface, Javagony does not have if/else statements. However it’s possible to use a try/catch statement instead by putting the code in the try block and causing an error if the condition is met. If an error happens in the try block, the code will move to the catch block. Otherwise, it will continue running in the try block. Therefore we can consider the catch block the if block and the try block (everything that happens after the first line) the else block. Just make sure your code doesn’t generate an error in the try block after the first line, and if you are writing unsafe code (like loading from a file), consider putting a try/catch statement inside the try.

Let’s start with the easiest one, checking if 2 numbers are equal to each other.

## Checking if 2 numbers are equal to each other

As you probably already know by now, if you subtract two numbers that are equal to each other you get zero. Elementary school Mathematics teaches us that it’s impossible to divide a number by zero, and if you try to do so in java it will cause an error. The following code defines 2 variables x and y. If want to you can ask the user to enter them. We will keep thing simple for this example, and their values will be written in the code.

```public class Javagony
{
public static void main(String[] args)
{
int x=5;
int y=5;

try
{
int temp=1/(x-y);

System.out.println("x =/= y");
}
catch(Exception IO)
{
System.out.println("x == y");
}
}
}
```

## Comparing 2 integers to check which one is greater

Assume x and y are both integer variables, and that their values have been defined in the program. To check which integer is larger x or y we will use the method `Math.addExact(x,Integet.MAX_VALUE-y)`. The largest number that can be stored in an integer variable is 2,147,483,647. If the result of a normal addition exceeds this value, it will round down. However, if the method `Math.addExact` is used, it will throw an exception. This behavior can be used to our advantage.

```public class Javagony
{
public static void main(String[] args)
{
int x=8;
int y=5;

try
{