Accessing a vector of vectors of vectors.

If this post is a duplicate, MY APOLOGIES. I have not used this forum in months, and cannot find any trace of my earlier attempt to post this query.

I have two related questions regarding Vectors.

Question 1:
This code gives me the second value in the first element of a vector of vectors
((Vector)theVector.elementAt( 0 )).elementAt(1);

My question: How do I extend this for one more level (to a vector of vectors of vectors)?
For example, how do I get the the third value in the second vector of the first vector?

Question 2:      
Code like the following      
variableX = (String)((Vector)theVector.elementAt( 0 )).elementAt(3);      

causes a "java.lang.ClassCastException" error:

apple.awt.EventQueueExceptionHandler Caught Throwable: java.lang.ClassCastException

Am I right in assuming that this is the reuslt of the code pointing to the wrong level of vector and
can be solved by the code which ppoints to the right level of vector?      

Many thanks in advance.

Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
(((Vector)theVector.elementAt( 0 )).elementAt(1)).elementAt(2);


Vector v = ((Vector)theVector.elementAt( 0 )).elementAt(1);

Vector v2 = v.elementAt(2);

Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:

((Vector)(((Vector)theVector.elementAt( 0 )).elementAt(1))).elementAt(0);

Q2. No it means you are trying to incorrectlt cast.
ie. The instance you are casting is not what you are casting it to.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
OWASP: Forgery and Phishing

Learn the techniques to avoid forgery and phishing attacks and the types of attacks an application or network may face.

...guess so ;p
oopss.. mistake! objects comment is right...
ignore mine
Mayank SAssociate Director - Product EngineeringCommented:
How many places have you asked the same question?

You could have given a link to this question with only some 10 or 20 points over there instead of asking the same thing and also giving 60 points. You have some responses there too.

ClassCastException that means you did not get back what you thought you would.  Try using the instanceof operator to stop that. Try something like the following
// old call
//variableX = (String)((Vector)theVector.elementAt( 0 )).elementAt(3);

public String findValue(Vector vIn, int row, int column){
    String sReturn = null;
       Object o = vIn.elementAt(row);
      if(o instanceof Vector){
        o = ((Vector)o).elementAt(column);
        if(o instanceof String) sReturn = (String)o;
        else sReturn = "";
       } else if(o instanceof String){
        sReturn = (String)o;
      } else sReturn = ""; // probably better to create and throw your own exception here.  Something like "ObjectUnknownException"  
    }catch(ArrayIndexOutOfBoundException aiob){
      System.err.println("huh! Not enough data to look through!");
  return sReturn;

Or something like that.
Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.