# Clear solution with explanation

• ``````public class Solution {
// acknowledge to http://www.jiuzhang.com/
public String addBinary(String a, String b) {
if(a.length() < b.length()){
String temp = a;
a = b;
b = temp; // make sure that a is no shorter than b;
}
int pa = a.length() - 1;
int pb = b.length() - 1;
int c  = 0;
String result = "";
while(pb >= 0){
int sum = (int)(a.charAt(pa) - '0') + (int)(b.charAt(pb) - '0') + c;
result = String.valueOf(sum % 2) + result;
// 1 + 0 or 0 + 1 both creates 1 as result and no carry-out;
// 1 + 1 creates 0 and result
c = sum / 2;  // and 1 as carry-out;
pa--;
pb--;
// since b is no longer than a, first sum up this b part
// now pb is 0 and exit the while loop, enter the next while loop
// for the higher part with (lengtha - lengthb);
}
while(pa >= 0){
int sum = (int)(a.charAt(pa) - '0') + c;
result = String.valueOf(sum % 2) + result;
c = sum / 2;
pa--;
}
if(c == 1) result = "1" + result; // if the last carry-out is 1, then need to // extend the string and add 1 at the highest digit
return result;
}
}``````

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