Java Applet with arrays

Posted on 2003-03-12
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Last Modified: 2010-03-31
I'm trying to get real numbers entered from user (max 20) and put them in an array to sort ascending and descending also to find the mean, median, and range.  I know how to do all that, I just can't figure out how to put the numbers entered into the array.  I'm using GUI based to get input from users (valueEntered = JOptionPane.showInputDialog ("Enter a floating-point value, end to exit:" );) then converting it to double.  I don't know how to get those numbers into my array so I can do all the above.  thanks for any help

Question by:wesmk
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girionis earned 100 total points
ID: 8122849
 You need a while loop but you need to predefine your array length since arrays cannot expand dynamically. Lets say for an array with 10 elements you could so something like:

  float [] values = new float[10]
  for (int i=0; i<10; i++)
    valueEntered = JOptionPane.showInputDialog ("Enter a floating-point value, end to exit:" );
    velues[i] = Float.parseFloat(valueEnterd);

  Hope it helps.

Expert Comment

ID: 8122886

I think it is a bit insecure to use an array for what you are trying to do.  You might want to consider using a vector, which grows dynamically.  But if you know for a fact that the max number is 20, you would benifit from using arrays for the sorting algorithms.

If you use an array you must keep track of how many numbers have been placed into the array.

Here is an example:

private int numberOfValues = 0; // int counter for array
double userValues[] = new double[20]; // Users values
double userInput;  // Value received from GUI

now... each time the user enters a value, you can do something like this:

if (numberOfValues < 20) {

   userValues[numberOfValues]= UserInput;
   numberOfValues++;  // increment number of Values

} else {System.out.println ("Can not enter any more values!");}

If I understand what I think you are asking, this is the most basic way to solve your problem.

I hope this helps!


Expert Comment

ID: 8124596
if you just wanna add the number to the array.you can do this way:
  //class scope varible
  double[] doubleArray = null;
  public void addDoubleToArray( double doubleValue ) {
      if( doubleArray == null ) {
          doubleArray = new double[ 1 ];
          doubleArray[ 0 ] = doubleValue;
      } else {
          int orgLenth =  doubleArray.length;
          int[] tempArray = new int[ orgLenth + 1 ];
          for( int i = 0; i < tempArray.length; i++ ) {
              if( i == tempArray.length - 1 ) {
                  tempArray[ i ] = doubleValue;
              } else {
                  tempArray[ i ] = doubleArray[ i ];
          doubleArray = tempArray;

but as JackNCalvin said,it's insecure.you'd better synchronize the Array because in GUI event processing,it's multi-thread based.

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Expert Comment

by:Mayank S
ID: 8125358
Since you have a max. of 20 numbers and you also have to stop in case the user types "end":

float values[] = new float[20] ;
int count ;
String str ;

for ( count = 0 ; count < 20 ; count ++ )
  str = JOptionPane.showInputDialog ( "Enter a floating-point value, end to exit: " ) ;

  if ( str.equals ( "end" ) )
    break ; // end if

  // else - copy the value to the array

  values[count] = Float.parseFloat ( str ) ;
  count ++ ;

} // end for

Now, the numbers in the array can be accessed as:

for ( int i = 0 ; i < count ; i ++ )
  // use 'values[i]' to access the numbers

That'll do it!


PS: Try putting a try-catch block outside the given code as the parseFloat () method can throw a NumberFormatException if the number-format is invalid. We can help you out with that if you're having problems with it.

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