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Currency Problem + General Advice

Emile Ghazzawi

Joined: Dec 30, 2002
Posts: 28
Hi again all,
I was just wondering how to insert the Pound Sterling Symbol "�" into a Java program running in the command prompt.
I was also wondering if one of you could maybe check the code below and make sure it is ok and maybe give me some pointers to tidy it up if there are any. Thanks in advance guys, your all a really great help!

Thanks in advance!
Nick George
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Joined: Apr 04, 2004
Posts: 815
As for command prompt, I think you're out of luck. Were you to write your application in a GUI, you could simply use unicode characters. If I remember correctly, pounds sterling is '\u00A3' (I looked that up). Charts abound on the web, this one's my favorite:
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Emile Ghazzawi

Joined: Dec 30, 2002
Posts: 28
Hi again,
Any tips you could give on the posted code? Or does it all look ok to you?
Michael Dunn
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Joined: Jun 09, 2003
Posts: 4632
Overall it looks pretty good.
A few things:-
1) when you start the program the first time - if you do nothing except
select (6) quit, it errors when you open the program the next time. Test by renaming your current "stock.txt".
this can be fixed by changing
}while (input.ready());
while (input.ready())
but don't know if this will break something else
2) suggest your program which look like this

to this

this way your code can be called by another program
3) when displaying the results of a query eg current stock level, after the
code to display the results, add something like this
System.out.println("Press [ENTER] to continue");
String junk = input.readLine();
this way the result will be at the bottom of the screen, where it is
expected to be, instead of near the top, with the next option menu showing
at the bottom ie you currently have to search the screen for the result.
4) if you want to have a bit of fun, try to convert it from arrays of data
to a HashMap of objects - StockItem, with the stockCode being the key

I'm away for a couple of days, and if I get a chance I'll try to rewrite it
the way I've suggested, which is probably an easier way to show you the
Michael Dunn
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Joined: Jun 09, 2003
Posts: 4632
Here's a bit of a re-write. It essentially does the same thing as your code.
I've added a couple of menu items and changed the saving of the data to
after each change.
The main difference is removing the limit of stock items.
I agree. Here's the link:
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