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Is there a way to cycle through array positions based on flags?

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I'm printing comments from an array and the input constantly varies. I'm cycling through an array, printing comments but in this case there are about 8 different conditions. In some conditions some comments should be left out (based on already flags I set).
Does java allow you to jump positions in an array (inside a loop) based on conditions?

Here's a crude example of what I need to happen.

String comment[] new String[14]
  comment[1]="AAAAA";
  comment[2]="BBBBB";
  comment[3]="CCCCC";
  comment[4]="DDDDD";
  ...
  comment[14]="NNNNN";

if (condition 1 == some number) {
  //print comments [1],[3],[7]
}else if (condition 1 == other number) {
  //print comments [1]...[5],[8],etc.
}

The comment positions are just examples. I just want to know how (if possible) to achieve this type of condition based cycling through the array.
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if i understand you correctly, then yes:

if (condition 1 == some number) {
   System.out.println(comments[1] + " " comments[3] + " " comments[7]);
}else if (condition 1 == other number) {
   System.out.println(comments[1] + " " comments[5] + " " + etc...);
}


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by:rashidkamranbs
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Well webratss you are confused if random access ot array is allowed.. there is no doubt you can .. access any element at any time.. just inex should be with in the range of an array size..

this way.. you can print any string from ur Array.. no matter whats ur previous index were or whats ur next message would be..

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by:0xDEADBEEF
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Hmmm... I would try something like this:

String comment[] = { "AAAA", "BBBB", "CCCC", /*...*/ "NNNN" };
int indices[];

switch(condition){
  case some_number:
    indices = new int[] {1, 3, 7};
    break;
  case other_number:
    indices = new int[] {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8};
    break; //and so on. don't forget
  default:
    indices = new int {}; //so in case nothing applies, nothing will be printed.
}

for(int i = 0; i < indices.length; i++){
  System.out.println(comment[indices[i]]);
}

This is easier to maintain, afaic. Hope this helps.
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by:triso
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Also a note for webratsass,

array indices go from 0 to n-1 so your example should be:

String comment[] new String[14]
 comment[0]="AAAAA";
 comment[1]="BBBBB";
 comment[2]="CCCCC";
 comment[3]="DDDDD";
 ...
 comment[13]="NNNNN";


Hope this helps.
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