# Easy Java solution

• Just count the surrounding lives, assume to be count, store (count + 1) * 10 in the cell. If original value is 0, store negative number.

``````public void gameOfLife(int[][] board) {
for (int i = 0; i < board.length; i++) {
for (int j = 0; j < board[0].length; j++) {
int count = 0;
int x1 = (i > 0 ? i - 1 : 0);
int x2 = (i < board.length -1 ? i + 1 : board.length - 1);
int y1 = (j > 0 ? j - 1 : 0);
int y2 = (j < board[0].length - 1 ? j + 1 : board[0].length - 1);
for (int k = x1; k <= x2; k++) {
for (int m = y1; m <= y2; m++) {
if ((k != i || m != j) && board[k][m] > 0) count++;
}
}
if (board[i][j] == 0) {
board[i][j] = 0 - (count + 1) * 10;
} else {
board[i][j] = (count + 1) * 10;
}
}
}
for (int i = 0; i < board.length; i++) {
for (int j = 0; j < board[0].length; j++) {
int count = board[i][j] / 10;
boolean wasAlive = count > 0;
int realCount = count > 0 ? (count - 1) : -(count + 1);
if (wasAlive) {
if (realCount < 2 || realCount > 3) board[i][j] = 0;
else board[i][j] = 1;
} else if (realCount == 3) board[i][j] = 1;
else board[i][j] = 0;
}
}
}
``````

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