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Thread: error cannot find symbol-constructor Person(java.lang.String,java.lang.String,Date)

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    Unhappy error cannot find symbol-constructor Person(java.lang.String,java.lang.String,Date)

    I have the following error message:

    cannot find symbol-constructor Person(java.lang.String,java.lang.String,Date)


    I have this message in realtion to the following clone constructor:

    public class Employee extends Person
    {
        //instance variables
        protected int id;
        protected Date start;
        protected float salary;
     
        //start constructors
        public Employee()
        {
          super();
          id=0;
          salary=0;
          start=new Date(); //set the date to the current date
     
     
        }
     
        public Employee(String nme, char sex, Date dob, int number, Date start)
        {
           super (nme, sex, dob);
           id=number;
           start= new Date(start);
           salary=0;
        }
     
        //clone constructor: produces a clone of another object of the same type.    
     
        public Employee (Employee other)
        {
           [COLOR="red"] super(other.name, other.gender, other.dateOfBirth);[/COLOR]
            salary=other.salary;
            id=other.id;
            start=new Date(other.start);
        }

    I think I have this message,because in class person gender is a char.
    Below is my class person constructor coding:


    public class Person
    {
        // instance variables 
        protected String name;
        protected String gender;
        protected Date dateOfBirth;
        protected String address;
        protected String natInsceNo;
        protected String phoneNo;
     
        private static int counter=0;
     
        // start of constructor
        public Person()
        {   
            name= " ";
            gender=" ";
            dateOfBirth = new Date (00,00,00);
            address= " ";
            natInsceNo=" ";
            phoneNo=" ";
            counter++;
        }
     
     
      public Person (String nme, char sex, Date dob)
      {
     
            name=nme;
            gender=Character.toString(sex);
            dateOfBirth=dob;
            phoneNo=" ";
     
            if(address !=null){
                System.out.println(address);
            }
            else{
                System.out.println("You must enter your address");
            }
     
            if(natInsceNo !=null){
                System.out.println(natInsceNo);
            }
            else
            {
                System.out.println("You must enter your National Insurance Number");
            }
     
     
            counter++;
          }

    How can i resolve this? I cannot change the variable types in class person because the specification has asked for the gender to be declared as string then converted to char. I need help modifying the clone constructor in class employee.

    Please can someone advise me how to correct this.


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    Default Re: error cannot find symbol-constructor Person(java.lang.String,java.lang.String,Dat

    I'm assuming that the string gender is a 1-letter string that's either "m" or "f" (or something like that). In this case, use the charAt() method.

    super(other.name, other.gender.charAt(0), other.dateOfBirth);

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    Default Re: error cannot find symbol-constructor Person(java.lang.String,java.lang.String,Dat

    Thank you. That worked.

    Thank you again for your help.


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