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Lari Hopkins
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Absolute beginner here. I have an araylist to construct and a txt file to be read into it, any tips on how to do this will be gratefully received.
marc weber

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Show us what you have so far, and tell us where you're stuck.

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Lari Hopkins
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Here is my filereader so far, I have got a readout from the txt file, but am having problems adding them to arrayLists. I have added the following but then taken it out as it doesn't seem to work, which I think is a problem with my constructor in Any tips on setting up the constructor?

EDIT by mw: Added Code Tags.
[ January 19, 2007: Message edited by: marc weber ]
Joanne Neal

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Try using code tags when posting code in future - it makes it easier to read.
Having said that I can see a couple of problems.

You declare carlist as an ArrayList that contains Strings, but you are adding Car objects to it. Change the declaration to

Later on in your code you try to assign a Car object to carlist

Get rid of the middle line, not only is it wrong, you don't need actually need it as you have already created your ArrayList.

Make those changes and if it still doesn't work, tell us what the problem is - if it doesn't compile tell us what the error messages are - if it doesn't do what you want, tell us what it is doing and what you expected it to do.

Lari Hopkins
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Thanks, I have made those changes, however I still have a Car class with no constructor as I'm not sure what to write. Also the following compilor errors have come up:

3 errors found:
File: C:\Documents and Settings\Lari\My Documents\Huddersfield\Programming\Coursework2\ [line: 61]
Error: cannot find symbol
symbol : constructor Car(java.lang.String,java.lang.String,java.lang.String,java.lang.String,java.lang.String)
location: class Car
File: C:\Documents and Settings\Lari\My Documents\Huddersfield\Programming\Coursework2\ [line: 61]
Error: internal error; cannot instantiate Car.<init> at Car to ()
File: C:\Documents and Settings\Lari\My Documents\Huddersfield\Programming\Coursework2\ [line: 62]
Error: non-static variable carList cannot be referenced from a static context

Lines 61/2 =
Car car = new Car(reg, make, model, colour, passenger_no);
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