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comparing a values with user input

Valarie Brandt

Joined: Oct 03, 2003
Posts: 24
Hi I know this is probably an easy one but....
I have to get a char from the user and then (in the same method) depending on what the user enter decides what the payment option will be but when I goto compile I get an error that says "found java.lang.string required a char." and it has a carrot under the null soooo what am I not understanding here?
thank you
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[ March 17, 2004: Message edited by: Dirk Schreckmann ]
Tim West
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Joined: Mar 15, 2004
Posts: 539
I find it's best to start with the JavaDoc on these things. JOptionPane.showDialogInput(...) returns a String, not a char.
you could either change the type of userPaymentSelection to String (and then get the first character with charAt(). Alternatively, use charAt immediately:

Incidentally, you can omit the first parameter (null) to showInputDialog, as the method is overloaded.
Hope this helps.

Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Posts: 7023
char userPaymentSelection;
userPaymentSelection = JOptionPane.showInputDialog...
userPaymentSelection = (char);

So, userPaymentSelection is first declared as type char.
Then, you tried to assign a String value to it. (Note that JOptionPane.showInputDialog returns a String).
Is that problem becoming clearer? (Hint: You cannot assign a String value to a char type variable.)
After that problem is resolved, I'm quite sure why you would bother to get some user input with JOptionPane.showInputDialog, and then immediately overwrite that input with something new from Were you perhaps thinking to use a different variable to capture the JOptionPane.showInputDialog result?

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Valarie Brandt

Joined: Oct 03, 2003
Posts: 24
I need to have the user enter A, B,C to decide their payment option and then I need to (in the same method) write code that says if the user selects a then the number of payments is 1 if b then number of payments 2 if c number of payments is 20 and pass that number to a method to be used for a calculation. but i get the error that == cannot be applied to java.lang.String, char soo how do i change a string to a char-----I know that to changea String to a double you use there a simialr thing for that?
public void getNumberOfPayments(Lawn lawnQuote)throws Exception
String userPaymentSelection;
int numberOfPayment;
userPaymentSelection = JOptionPane.showInputDialog(null,
"\n\n\tChoose the number of payments for your lawn service:"
+ "\n\tEnter A for one payment "
+ "\n\tEnter B for two payments "
+ "\n\tEnter C for three payments "
+ "\n\n\t Enter Selection (A, B, C): ");
if (userPaymentSelection == 'A' || userPaymentSelection == 'a')
numberOfPayment = 1;
else if (userPaymentSelection == 'B' || userPaymentSelection == 'b')
numberOfPayment = 2;
else if (userPaymentSelection == 'C' || userPaymentSelection == 'c')
numberOfPayment = 20;
[ March 18, 2004: Message edited by: Valarie Brandt ]
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