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Bryan Snipes
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Joined: May 09, 2008
Posts: 4
I'm back... that didn't take long!
I am taking an online course as well as using the Head First Java book. The online course discusses the Switch statement, but the book doesn't. Is the Switch something that is now outdated? Or was it put into the language after the book was published? Just need to know if this is something I should spend time learning.
Richard Chambers
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 40
My textbook is based on 1.5, and I use 1.6

We covered Switch, and I've used it in course projects.

Not hard to learn, 10 or 15 minutes and you'll have it.
Bryan Snipes
Greenhorn

Joined: May 09, 2008
Posts: 4
Thanks! I've been programming for over 11 yrs. (just not Java), so I have seen similar types of statements. I was curious as to why the book didn't cover it (or why the course did).
Campbell Ritchie
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Joined: Oct 13, 2005
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Welcome to the Ranch, "j rookie"

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Campbell Ritchie
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The switch block is still in common use, maybe less so if you use Swing because you can have on-screen menus rather than text menus.
 
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