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    Hi, Im new to java and have been issued my first assignment, ive coded my menu and am beginning to code my first sub section of the menu which is a character patter printer, basically what it does is prompts the user to enter the ammound of rows and the character they would like to use.

    please enter number of rows : 5
    please enter a character : c

    output :

    c
    cc
    ccc
    cccc
    ccccc

    i cant figure out how to get the character to appear on the line more then once. here is my code for when the user selects a, bare in mind that i am new and this is my first assignment and loops may nit be the correct way to go about it, but its all i could think of with what i've learned so far

    // Menu selection A, character pattern, will ask user
    // for number of rows and a character to enter

    if (menuChoice == 'A' || menuChoice == 'a'){

    // If a number exceeding 25 is entered, the loop wont allow
    // the program to continue untill a number between 1 - 25
    // is entered
    while (patternRows > 25) {



    System.out.println("Welcome to Character pattern printing");
    System.out.println("Please enter # of Rows (max 25)");
    System.out.print("Wont allow a number higher than 25 : ");

    // Taking user response and storing it in the
    // variable patternRows
    patternRows = scanner.nextInt();
    }


    System.out.print("Please enter a character : ");
    patternChar = charInput.readLine().charAt(0);

    while (linesPrinted != patternRows){
    System.out.println(patternChar);
    linesPrinted ++;
    }


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    Default Re: stuck on an assignment and need help with repetition

    If you're like adding only one more character for each row, and not having variations, for instance

    you're

    a
    aa
    aaa
    aaaa
    aaaaa

    and not

    a
    aa
    a
    aaaa
    aa

    Then you should use a String to keep adding one char and perhaps use a for or while loop.

    You could have, before the for or while loop, a String variable called chars

    String chars = "";

    Also, I'd recommend that you have only 1 Scanner object unless you're reading in from a file as well as from the keyboard.

    After you've read in the char value and the number of rows, you could

    for (int i =0; i < patternRows; i++)
    {
    chars = chars + String.valueOf(patternChar);
    System.out.println(chars);
    }

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