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Posted on 2006-11-14
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Dear Experts,

I'm getting a null pointer exception on the following:

while ((line = myClass.getString()) != null)
  {
    // do stuff
  }

Where myClass.getString returns either a String, or null if no String is available.    getString is reading a file, and returning either the next line, or null at EOF.  It's processing the last line, returning to the top of the while loop, and then blowing up.

What could be null here?  Is it "line", or the evaluation of  "(line = myClass.getString()) "?  Does it evaluate "line" BEFORE it assigns it the value of getString?  (Hmmm.)

Thanks,
BrianMc1958
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It's evaluating line after assignment
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Make sure myClass itself is not null
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by:BrianMc1958
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Hmmmm...  myClass is not null at the BOTTOM of the loop.  I must be doing something extremely newbie-ish here.  Any more ideas?
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by:BrianMc1958
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Sorry.  Idiot...
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