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Create an array of vectors

Posted on 2005-04-24
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hi everybody,

I'm posting here because I close my previous question (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Java/Q_21400413.html) too quick (the answer helped me understanding my mistake, but now I have a logic problem).

I have a class named Dictionnary with a vectors containing a list of words: "protected Vector mots;"

I created a new class in a different file name "Cruciverbist" which is declared like this: "public class Cruciverbiste extends Dictionnaire"

Now what I want to do is:
- First to declare an array that can contains 24 vectors of words.
- Then, make a constructor that receive a filename of a file containing the list of words.
- Finaly, separate the dictionnary' words depending of their length, putting them in different vectors of the vectors' array.

* There should be a vector for each length of word (2 to 25 letters by word) containing every words of this length.

Here's how I started:

public class Cruciverbist extends Dictionnary
      // First point. How do you declare an array of vectors ? It needs to have 24 elements, but I don't know how to initialize it with these elements...  I need to
           declare a new vector and add empty items ?

      // Constructor.
      public Cruciverbist (String filename) throws IOException
              // I'd like to create a new Dictionnary with the filename passed in parameter.
              // Then I'll have to read each words of the "words" vector and add them in the different vectors of the array.

public class Dictionnary
      protected Vector words;

      // constructor
      public Dictionnary(String filename) throws IOException
            quickSort(words, 0, words.size() - 1);


I would really appreciate if anyone could help me with this one. Thanks

Question by:The_Kingpin08
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Accepted Solution

Peter Kwan earned 2000 total points
ID: 13854049
First point:
private Vector[] words1= new Vector[24];

In your constructor of Cruciverbist, before you put things in:
for (int i = 0; i < 24; i++)
    words1[i] = new Vector();

Second, in your Dictionary class, you need to have a getter for words:
public Vector getWords() { return words; }

Third, in your Cruciverbist class, try to use getWords method to get the vector of words.
Loop for the words vector and check for the length of each element.

Dictionary d = new Dictionary(filename);
words = d.getWords();
for (int i =0; i< words.size(); i++) {
   String word = (String)words.elementAt(i);


Author Comment

ID: 13854135
Thanks a lot pkwan, that looks perfect.

I still have 2 questions:

- In my Dictionnary's class constructor, I have a method that automatically fills the vector "words" with all the words from the file. Knowing this, does I still need the
  getWords function ? Because I'd like to keep the dictionnary class as it is if I can. So while creating a new Dictionnary, I thought that a new "words" would be filled
  and ready to used in my new class's constructor... That would give something like this:

  // Cruciverbiste constructor
  public Cruciverbiste (String nom_fichier) throws IOException
        // Initializing the vector's elements
        for (int i = 0; i < 24; i++) arrWords[i] = new Vector();
        Dictionnary d = new Dictionnary (filename);
          // Here we consider that the vector "words" was initialized when we created a new instance of Dictionnary
        for (int i =0; i< words.size(); i++)
              String word = (String) words.elementAt(i);

- I'm having an error in my constructor's structure, and I think it's my fault since I never pratice inheritance besides in books...

  >javac Cruciverbist.java
  Cruciverbist.java:20: Dictionnary(java.lang.String) in Dictionnary cannot be applied to ()
  1 error
  >Exit code: 1
  And here are the line numbers:
  [19]public Cruciverbiste (String nom_fichier) throws IOException

Thanks for your time, I trully appreciate.
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Expert Comment

by:Peter Kwan
ID: 13854212
You may be not needing this. You can also delete the Dictionnary d = new Dictionnary (filename);
as well.

To solve your problem, you can call


at the beginning of your constructor of Cruciverbist class

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