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Hello...new java programmer here...with what i am sure is a simple question.

here is my code:
  for(int i=0; i < shapes.length; i++)
    {
      int x = (int)((Math.random()*2) + 1);
      pt1 = new Point((int)(Math.random()*maxPt), (int)(Math.random()*maxPt));
      pt2 = new Point((int)(Math.random()*maxPt), (int)(Math.random()*maxPt));
      pt1.show();
     
      switch(x)
        {
          case 1:
            shapes[i] = new Line(pt1, pt2);
            break;
          case 2:
            shapes[i] = new Circle(pt1, ((int)(Math.random()*maxRd)));
            break;
        }
    }

OK...so when i print out the results it looks like it runs through the 3 statements above the switch statment before it enters the switch statement.  I dont understand why.  I was expecting it to go through each line including the switch statement and then return to the first line again and complete the loop...What is it that i dont understand about this?

Thanks!!
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Question by:menreeq
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It would be in your for loop.  How big is the shapes array?  If it only has 2 entries (0 & 1) it will run only once.  The counter starts off at zero, goes through the loop and then compares the value again after being incremented (now it is at 1).  If there are only 2 entries in the array (ie. at the 0 and at the 1 indexies) it will quit the loop.  
Try modifying your code so that the comparison is "; i <= shapes.length;"

I am assuming that since you only had to case statements and no default.

Tom
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by:prakash_mas
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tell me what i have under stand fromm u r question is correct or not , if i am correct go through the possible solution also

what i understood was , u are expecting  u r program to show the pt1 and to enter the
switch statement to do some action ( drawing coircle or line ) and continmue in the for loop
until the shapes.length.

possible proble may be
1)  x value may not be 1 Or 2 so it will not do any thing in switch ( use default optionin switch to check value of x)
2) some times break in the switch will make u to come out of the loop(  cover switch in extra brackets{})
3) check for length of shape also .

Rgds,
Prakash
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by:tomboshell
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Hey, prakash_mas very nice of you to lock it in such proper form and ediquite.  Very nice to know that you are beyond 100% sure of your answer and did not re-cover anything others have fairly posted as a comment.  Nice working in such a co-operative atmosphere.  

Thanks for the fairness.
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by:menreeq
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Shortly after posting my question and before the first reply was posted I deleted the question...I have no idea why it remained posted.  Actually the correct answer to my question would be that the code should work as I expected to and that there are no errors...the only problem was in the way I was interpreting the results...but there was nothing wrong with the coding.

I suppose that the fair thing would be to give the first person who answered this question the points...sorry for the drama.
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Well, thanks.  Sorry that I couldn't actually been of help to you.  From the code sample that was given, that was the only thing I could think of for the code not working as expected.  But then I guess everything is all cool.

Tom
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