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returning index in array

This is the method I wrote for the object I created "Person." In the directory class I also wrote. Directory d = new Directory(directoryDataFile) I also have an array of person called "people"


 public Person inDirectory(String Lastname)
 {
         for(int k = 0; k < directorySize ; k++)
         {            
         if (Lastname.equals(people[k].getLastname()))
              flag = true;
         return people[k];
         
     }
         return null;
 }

This is a portion of  the main method I'm trying to use it in:

String command = stdin.next();
     
     
if (command.equalsIgnoreCase("find"))

     {
         String Lastname = stdin.next();
           d.inDirectory(Lastname);
     
            if (d.flag = true)
            {
             System.out.println(d.inDirectory(Lastname));
            }
       
            else
            {
             System.out.println(Lastname + " is NOT in the directory");
            }
     }  

My problem is, this keeps returning null instead of saying the the person is in the list. I can't figure out why. Does the excerpts I placed above make sense or do you need more info ?
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aminkeith
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TommySzalapskiCommented:
You are returning people[0] every time.
You need brackets for the if statement since there are two lines in it.

Also, the way you set the flag is odd. The fact it returns non-null is a better way to check. I wouldn't use that flag at all.
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CEHJCommented:
As Tommy says, you don't need a flag - just return a Person or null. Also inDirectory implies a boolean method. It would be better to call it findPerson. btw, variable names in Java begin lower case or they just look like class names

You might like to tell us perhaps why this question is entitled 'returning index in array'?
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aminkeithAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your input. Also, the question is entitled returning index in an array because people is an array of people objects and I'm trying to get this method to return a particular person object at a particular index number in that array.
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CEHJCommented:
Also, the question is entitled returning index in an array because people is an array of people objects and I'm trying to get this method to return a particular person object at a particular index number in that array.
OK - that's what's confusing me, as it's not returning an index, but a Person
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aminkeithAuthor Commented:
See if this clears something up:

 public Person inDirectory(String Lastname)
 {
         for(int k = 0; k < directorySize ; k++)
         {            
         if(Lastname.equals(people[k].getLastname()))
              flag = true;
         return people[k];
         
     }
         return null;
 }
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CEHJCommented:
See if this clears something up:
That's the same code as before ...
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TommySzalapskiCommented:
Still returning people[0] every time since it's not inside the if.
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CEHJCommented:
Still returning people[0] every time since it's not inside the if.
(A problem which would disappear if the advice to remove the redundant flag were heeded)
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aminkeithAuthor Commented:
thanks guys. I figured it all out. Thanks again.
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CEHJCommented:
Well it's actually i who assisted, not Tommy. His should be the accepted answer
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