Typically for local variables I initialize them as late as I can. It’s rare that I need a “dummy” value. However, if you do, you can use any value you like – it won’t make any difference, if you’re sure you’re going to assign a value before reading it.
If you want the
char equivalent of 0, it’s just Unicode 0, which can be written as
That’s also the default value for an instance (or static) variable of type