I was reading alot of posts over here and looks to me this forum is much better than java forums. people are polite and are willing to help a noob or advance person with their java query rather than busting them and giving google searches to do their own work.
I have been programming in java for 9 months. I really like it. The best OOP i have ever experience after C++. i hate pointers and data structures and i am glad with Java you dont need to know about data structures alot. where as in C++ most of the things are done with pointers. Anyway back to my question
I am having alot of trouble in file reading. like for example i have a file something like this :
Name Product price quantity xyz Wheels $20.25 10 abc Jam $3.01 1
Now my question is how can i read each specific line in java. whats the strategy i had to use ? i know BufferedReader and string.split is used alot in file reading but i am really very confused. any hints or any example or any strategies in reading a text file and having the output also in a file or in a program will be great.
Secondly here is one more example Name: Suleman Zia Class: COSI455 Subject: Java Grade: B
Name: Rahim Class Abc Subject: History Grade: C
How can i read this text file and displaying the output for each specific person. once i can display then i can encapsulate my data and can call addition? The question remains the same. how can i read this text file data for each person? Hope you can understand now what i am trying to say.
One more question what is the difference between DataOutputStream and PrintOutputStream File file = new File("saloo.txt").
Too many questions. hope to get some help in understanding the file system.
Secondly what if i would like to store the data in a ArrayList or Set? i know how to do it in a regular program. Give me a program to write with HasSet or Map and i will make sure to complete that task easily may be not that easily but what if i would like to store all of the text data or may be the first row in an arraylist or vector then how can i do it?
Thanks for the help and i really appreciate it. [ April 21, 2007: Message edited by: Suleman zia ]
The BufferedReader class provides a readLine method to read in a file one line at a time. This is good if you want to do the processing as you read in a file. String.split is good if someone passes you a file as a String. There is a common pattern for reading in a file. See the getContents method in this example. You need to write the logic to store the appropriate lines in the appropriate fields of your object.
I can't find a class in the JavaDoc called PrintOutputStream.
> Secondly what if i would like to store the data in a ArrayList or Set? i know how to do it in a regular program. The same way you would do so in a regular program. You create the objects based on the lines and then add them to the data structure.
An alternative to Jeanne Boyarsky's suggestion, whihc will only work in Java 5 or Java 6, is to use the Scanner class. It is described as "simple," but it is very effective. I think it actually takes a BufferedReader and uses that to get at the data. You can say BTW: you may have problems with the delimieter you used for the String.split method. If you write " : " it will insiste on looking for space-colon-space.
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I ought to have read your posting properly before going on about space-colon-space. Sorry. You will have to make sure that in the example you quite you always have " : " between successive entries.
I'm a noob here, but it seems to me that this is a very simple question. I have only been programming in java for a couple months. If you just want to display information about a particular person or what not, why not make a two dimensional array containing all the information that you can just call the specific information or use a binary search or something like that in order to call it for displaying. In my class thats what the group making the school compiler is doing.