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Randomize a set of words

Jennifer Sohl
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Joined: Feb 28, 2001
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Hi. Not sure if this is the right place to post this. We are trying to create a table that has a ton of four letter words in it(minus the nasty ones ). Right now we have the list of words in an Excel spreadsheet in alphabetical order. We want to scramble these so when we use them to be assigned as order codes, they don't get assigned alphabetically. My question is, how do I do this? Can anyone supply me with some java code to get this done, or at least give me a couple of hints where to look?
Thanks in advance!!
Michael Matola
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Joined: Mar 25, 2001
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Take a look at Collections.shuffle() to see it can help you out.
Carl Trusiak

Joined: Jun 13, 2000
Posts: 3340
You can try something like this

This will return the String[] in a completely random order.
[ April 08, 2002: Message edited by: Carl Trusiak ]

I Hope This Helps
Carl Trusiak, SCJP2, SCWCD
Jennifer Sohl
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Thanks guys!!
I agree. Here's the link:
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