# Introduction :

In this Kotlin programming tutorial, we will learn how to find out the largest number among the three. The user will enter the number values, our program will find and print out the result.

To compare three numbers and finding out the largest one, we can either implement our own algorithm or we can use Kotlin’s built-in method *maxOf*. In this tutorial, we will learn how to solve this problem with both approaches.

Find out the largest using when block :

We can either use *if-else* statement or *when* block to find out the largest among three numbers. Let’s check how to do this with a *when* block :

fun findLargest(first: Int, second: Int, third: Int): Int { //4 return when { first >= second && first >= third -> first second >= first && second >= third -> second else -> third } } fun main(args: Array) { //1 var firstNo: Int var secondNo: Int var thirdNo: Int //2 print("Enter the first number : ") firstNo = readLine()?.toInt() ?: -1 print("Enter the second number : ") secondNo = readLine()?.toInt() ?: -1 print("Enter the third number : ") thirdNo = readLine()?.toInt() ?: -1 //3 println("Largest among $firstNo,$secondNo and $thirdNo is ${findLargest(firstNo, secondNo, thirdNo)}") }

### Sample Output :

Enter the first number : 34 Enter the second number : 12 Enter the third number : 44 Largest among 34,12 and 44 is 44 Enter the first number : 456 Enter the second number : 100 Enter the third number : 1 Largest among 456,100 and 1 is 456

### Explanation :

*The commented numbers in the above program denote the step numbers below :*

1. Create three *Int* variables *firstNo, secondNo* and *thirdNo*.

2. Ask the user to enter the first number. Read it and store it in *firstNo* variable. Similarly, read the second and the third number and store in *secondNo* and *thirdNo* variables.

3. Find out the largest among these numbers using *findLargest* method. This method takes three *Int* arguments and returns one *Int* value, i.e. the largest among the arguments.

4. We are using one *when* block here to compare all three arguments and it is returning the largest one.

Find out the largest using maxOf :

Instead of using a *when* block, we can also use *maxOf* method to find out the largest. This method comes with the following variations for three arguments :

fun maxOf(a: Byte, b: Byte, c: Byte): Byte fun maxOf(a: Short, b: Short, c: Short): Short fun maxOf(a: Int, b: Int, c: Int): Int fun maxOf(a: Long, b: Long, c: Long): Long fun maxOf(a: Float, b: Float, c: Float): Float fun maxOf(a: Double, b: Double, c: Double): Double

We can also use it with Comparable :

fun > maxOf(a: T, b: T, c: T): T fun maxOf(a: T, b: T, c: T, comparator: Comparator): T

As you can see, we can use this method for any data type that we want. For using this method, change the *findLargest* function as below :

fun findLargest(first: Int, second: Int, third: Int): Int { return maxOf(first,second,third) }

### Conclusion :

As you can see, for finding out the largest number in Kotlin, we can either write our own function or we can use the inbuilt *maxOf*. Try to run the above examples and drop one comment below if you have any queries.