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I need help getting this code to function.

returning method in class Student compiles successfully

public String[] getter()
  {
    return new String[] {sIDNumber, sFirstName, sMiddleName, sLastName, sTitle, sSuffix, sDesignation, sStatus};
  }


Calling method generates the following errors

Lab3TestViewer.java:44: '.class' expected
                                String[] sParam = student1.getter();
                                         ^
Lab3TestViewer.java:44: not a statement
                                String[] sParam = student1.getter();

NOTE:  calls to student2.getter() and student3.getter() raise the same errors.

student1, student2, and student3 are successfully instantiated in the main of the class of which the calling method is a member.

private static void testStudentC(int iIn, String sMessageIn)
{
  String sMessage = "";
  if (iTestLevel > 1) System.out.println(sMessageIn);

  if (iTestLevel > 2)
  {
    if (iIn == 1)
      String[] sParam = student1.getter();
    else if (iIn == 2)
      String[] sParam = student2.getter();
    else if (iIn == 3)
      String[] sParam = student3.getter();

    sMessage =  + Utilities.buildSeries(sParam[]);
    if (sMessage.length() == 0) sMessage = "[NONE]";
    sMessage = "  Values:  " + sMessage;
    System.out.println(sMessage);
  }
}
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by:mukundha_expert
ID: 17169989
>> sMessage =  + Utilities.buildSeries(sParam[]);

are you not getting error here,

can you post the full code
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by:athayes
ID: 17170254
Lab3TestViewer.java:44: '.class' expected
                                String[] sParam = student1.getter();

generates the error

the line you mentioned should read:

sMessage = Utilities.buildSeries(sParam[]);

I corrected it and still got the same errors for

I also changed it to:

sMessage = Utilities.buildSeries(sParam);

which stopped it getting the .class errors

I also commented out all of the sMessage code and still got the errors for student1.getter(). also 2 and 3


Here's the entire test class
/**
   This program tests CIS280 Lab3
*/
public class Lab3TestViewer
{
      public static int iTestLevel = 0;
      private static Student student1;
      private static Student student2;
      private static Student student3;
      public static void main(String[] args)
      {
            if (args.length == 0) iTestLevel = 0;
            else iTestLevel = Integer.parseInt(args[0]);

            //Test Student
            //      Test Constructors
            Student student1 = new Student();
               testStudentC(1,"Method - Constructor Student (without input)" );
            Student student2 = new Student("0001", "Ann", "Trowbridge", "Hayes","Mrs", "", "", "");
               testStudentC(2,"Method - Constructor Student (with standard input)" );
            String[] sArray1 = {"0002", "Michael", "Lynne", "Hayes", "Mr", "Sr","",""};
            Student student3 = new Student(sArray1);
            testStudentC(3, "Method - Constructor Student (with array input)");

            //  Test Setters
            String[] sArray2 = {"0003", "James", "Kemper", "Hayes", "Mr", "", "", ""};
            student1.setter(sArray2);
            testStudentS(1,"Method - Setter Student (with array input)");
            student2.setter(4,"Ms");
            testStudentS(2,"Method - Setter Student (with standard input)");
            //  Test Getters

            //  Test Other Methods
      }

      private static void testStudentC(int iIn, String sMessageIn)
      {
            String sMessage = "";
            if (iTestLevel > 1) System.out.println(sMessageIn);

               if (iTestLevel > 2)
            {
                  if (iIn == 1)
                        String[] sParam = student1.getter();
                  else if (iIn == 2)
                        String[] sParam = student2.getter();
                  else if (iIn == 3)
                        String[] sParam = student3.getter();

                     sMessage =  + Utilities.buildSeries(sParam[]);
                  if (sMessage.length() == 0) sMessage = "[NONE]";
                  sMessage = "  Values:  " + sMessage;
                   System.out.println(sMessage);
            }
      }

      private static void testStudentS(int iIn, String sMessageIn)
      {
            if (iTestLevel > 1) System.out.println(sMessageIn);

            if (iTestLevel > 2)
            {
                  switch (iIn)
                  {
                        case 1: String[] sParam = {student1.sIDNumber, student1.sFirstName,
                              student1.sMiddleName, student1.sLastName, student1.sTitle,
                              student1.sSuffix}; break;
                        case 2: String[] sParam = {student2.sIDNumber, student2.sFirstName,
                              student2.sMiddleName, student2.sLastName, student2.sTitle,
                              student2.sSuffix}; break;
                  }

                     sMessage =  + Utilities.buildSeries(sParam);
                  if (sMessage.length() == 0) sMessage = "[NONE]";
                  sMessage = "  Values:  " + sMessage;
                   System.out.println(sMessage);
            }
      }
}
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by:marchent
ID: 17173416
change all the statement like
>>Student student1 = new Student();
into
Lab3TestViewer.student1 = new Student();

and ur all statement like
>>String[] sParam = student1.getter();
into
String[] sParam = Lab3TestViewer.student1.getter();

~marchent~

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by:mukundha_expert
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ID: 17173472
change your methods like this,

   private static void testStudentC(int iIn, String sMessageIn)
     {
          String sMessage = "";
          if (iTestLevel > 1) System.out.println(sMessageIn);

          String[] sParam ;
             if (iTestLevel > 2)
          {
               if (iIn == 1)
                     sParam = student1.getter();
               else if (iIn == 2)
                   sParam = student2.getter();
               else if (iIn == 3)
                   sParam = student3.getter();

                  sMessage =  + Utilities.buildSeries(sParam );
               if (sMessage.length() == 0) sMessage = "[NONE]";
               sMessage = "  Values:  " + sMessage;
                System.out.println(sMessage);
          }
     }

     private static void testStudentS(int iIn, String sMessageIn)
     {
          if (iTestLevel > 1) System.out.println(sMessageIn);

          String[] sParam ;
          if (iTestLevel > 2)
          {
               switch (iIn)
               {
                    case 1:  sParam =  new String[] {student1.sIDNumber, student1.sFirstName,
                         student1.sMiddleName, student1.sLastName, student1.sTitle,
                         student1.sSuffix}; break;
                    case 2: sParam = new String []{student2.sIDNumber, student2.sFirstName,
                         student2.sMiddleName, student2.sLastName, student2.sTitle,
                         student2.sSuffix}; break;
               }

               String sMessage ;
                  sMessage =   Utilities.buildSeries(sParam);
               if (sMessage.length() == 0) sMessage = "[NONE]";
               sMessage = "  Values:  " + sMessage;
                System.out.println(sMessage);
          }
     }


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by:mukundha_expert
ID: 17173476
also , your main method,

  public static void main(String[] args)
     {
          if (args.length == 0) iTestLevel = 0;
          else iTestLevel = Integer.parseInt(args[0]);

          //Test Student
          //     Test Constructors
          student1 = new Student();
             testStudentC(1,"Method - Constructor Student (without input)" );
          student2 = new Student("0001", "Ann", "Trowbridge", "Hayes","Mrs", "", "", "");
             testStudentC(2,"Method - Constructor Student (with standard input)" );
          String[] sArray1 = {"0002", "Michael", "Lynne", "Hayes", "Mr", "Sr","",""};
          student3 = new Student(sArray1);
          testStudentC(3, "Method - Constructor Student (with array input)");

          //  Test Setters
          String[] sArray2 = {"0003", "James", "Kemper", "Hayes", "Mr", "", "", ""};
          student1.setter(sArray2);
          testStudentS(1,"Method - Setter Student (with array input)");
          student2.setter(4,"Ms");
          testStudentS(2,"Method - Setter Student (with standard input)");
          //  Test Getters

          //  Test Other Methods
     }
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by:mukundha_expert
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can you find the chhanges made??
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Mayank S earned 125 total points
ID: 17173483
Declare it outside, like:

String[] sParam ;

if ( iIn == 1 )
  sParam = student1.getter () ;
else if ( iIn == 2 )
  sParam = student2.getter () ;
else if ( iIn == 3 )
  sParam = student3.getter () ;
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