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Manal Ahmad

Joined: Feb 22, 2005
Posts: 21
import java .io.*;

public class grader{

public static void main (String args[])throws IOException
BufferedReader input= new BufferedReader
(new InputStreamReader(System .in));

String inputString;

int mid1,mid2,finalex ;
float sum;

System.out.print("insert the grade of mid1");
mid1=Integer.parseInt(inputString );
System.out.print("insert the grade of mid2");
System.out.print("insert the grade of final");
System.out.print("the average is ")

when i compile it its write to a comment for (inputString that i didnt initilize it ???
Jack Conway
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Joined: Aug 10, 2003
Posts: 30
I think you should be using

Otherwise the variable inputString is remaining uninitialised.

Once you've fixed that, you'll need to catch the IOExceptions from the readLines.

Good luck!

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Nigel Browne
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Joined: May 15, 2001
Posts: 673
There are a few things that are wrong with your code.
1) You try to use inputString before it is initialised. Amend you code so that inputString has a value
2) You are missing a semi-colon off one of your lines of code
3) You should be catching exceptions but your not

I hope these comments will help you on your way.
Paul Sturrock

Joined: Apr 14, 2004
Posts: 10336

Indeed, you have not initialized inputString. You "initialize" an object by creating an instance of that object. When you write:

You have done nothing more than created a reference called "inputString" which points to nothing. You have not created a String object, just the 'marker' that will be used to refer to the String once you create it.

If instead you write:

You have initialized it. What "initialized" means is that an object's constructor has been called.

Now, some caveats:

The construct I used above is considered bad practice, due to peculuarities of the String class (which I won't explain here, for fear of clouding the issue at hand). I only use it here because it is clear you are constructing a "new" object. Instead, this is the way to initialize a String:

You may also fix this compilation error by assigning inputString to a pre-existing String object instance (and this is particularaly pertinent given what you application seems to be trying to do). You do this like this:

Also, there is one occasion where you can "initialize" an object for use by your reference without actually constructing an object. This is when you assign the value to be null:

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Manal Ahmad

Joined: Feb 22, 2005
Posts: 21
thanks alot 4 replying me
Pete Tyo
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Joined: May 11, 2005
Posts: 38
It would be nice if you used the UBB code tag so your code is more readable.

miguel lisboa
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Joined: Feb 08, 2004
Posts: 1281
just my 2 cents:
you just need to initialize when its a local variable - a variable that's inside a method (or code block like a for loop); else you dont:

[ May 30, 2005: Message edited by: miguel lisboa ]

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K Riaz
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Joined: Jan 08, 2005
Posts: 375
Originally posted by Pete Tyo:
It would be nice if you used the UBB code tag so your code is more readable.


Agreed. I avoid helping when I see a large chunk of code without UBB tags. Afterall, if the user cannot be bothered, which should I?
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