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Why does the following work? I would expect a NullPointerException to be thrown.

String s = null;

s = s + "hello";

System.out.println(s); // prints "nullhello"

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The second line is transformed to the following code:

s = (new StringBuilder()).append((String)null).append("hello").toString();

The append methods can handle null arguments.

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