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    Ok This is going to seem like a wierd question but I am working on a program and need some clarification. I tried to contacting my instructor but he has not gotten back to me yet. My issue is I am not sure how my instructor wants me to figure out how to start, drive , and stop the car in my program. I will give you the instructions below and my code(I know the start, drive, and stop functions are not correct but I was just playing with this program to get started with it)

    Create a Java application consisting of two classes. Class one will be your application class. Class two will be a class called Car. Your application will create an instance of Car, called nova, and drive it.

    Rules for the car:
    You canít drive a car if it is not started (send an error message to the console).
    You canít stop a car if it is not started (send an error message to the console).
    You canít start a car if it is already started (send an error message to the console).

    Once you tell the car to drive, the only thing you can do is stop (Send a message to the console)

    Once you call stop, the car will return to the initial state and the user must start the car before attempting to do any other functions. (Send a message to the console)

    The purpose of the showState method is provide a way to inspect the state of the car. It should build a message, which can then be sent to the console.

    Scenario 1:

    1) Create instance of car
    2) Start the car
    3) Send status message to the console
    4) Drive the car
    5) Stop the car
    6) Send status message to the console

    Scenario 2:

    1) Create instance of car
    2) Send status message to the console
    3) Drive the car
    4) Stop the
    5) Send status message to the console

    Scenario 3:
    1) Create instance of car
    2) Send status message to the console
    3) Start the car
    4) Send status message to the console
    5) Stop the car
    6) Send status message to the console
    7) Drive the car
    8) Stop the car


    here id my code
    public class ProgrammingAssignment3
    {
    	public static void main(String [] args)
    	{
    		System.out.println("Start the app");
     
    		Car myCar = new Car();
     
    		//Function to start the car
    		myCar.start();
     
    		//Function to drive the car
    		myCar.drive();
     
    		//Function to stop the car
    		myCar.stop();
     
     
    		//System.out.println(myLight.watts);
    		//System.out.println(myLight.getIsOn());
     
    		//myLight.on();
    		//System.out.println(myLight.getIsOn());
     
    		System.out.println("End of app");
    	}
    }
     
    //class lightBulb
    class Car
    {
    	//public int watts = 100;
    	private boolean isStarted = true;
     
    	public void start()
    	{
    		isStarted = (true);
    		System.out.println("Start the car.");
    	}
    	public void drive()
    	{
    		while(isStarted = (false))
    		{
    			System.out.println("Error!");
    		}
    		System.out.println("Drive the car.");
     
    	}
    	public void stop()
    	{
    		while(isStarted = (false))
    		{
    			System.out.println("Error!");
    		}
    		System.out.println("Stop the car.");
    	}
    	//public String showState()
    	//{
     
    		//return 0;
    	//}
     
    }


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    Default Re: instructions on assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by bkruep View Post
    Ok This is going to seem like a wierd question ...
    I guess you forgot to include it.
    What is your question?

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    Default Re: instructions on assignment

    what is the problem with this code?

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    Default Re: instructions on assignment

    the code was wrking fine

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    Default Re: instructions on assignment

    Sorry what I am trying to ask is kind of confusing so I will try as best I can. My issue is more or less in the instructions I was given. For example, I was thinking about putting a statement like System.out.print("What would you like the car to do? Press 1 to start the car, 2 to drive, or 3 to stop");

    However it does not tell me to do that in the instruction so i am not sure how I am supposed to have any error messages come up or how my output comes up the way it does. I am not sure if that explains it any better to whhat I am trying to do and if that doesn;t help Ill try to explain it differently

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    Default Re: instructions on assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by bkruep View Post
    Sorry what I am trying to ask is kind of confusing so I will try as best I can. My issue is more or less in the instructions I was given. For example, I was thinking about putting a statement like System.out.print("What would you like the car to do? Press 1 to start the car, 2 to drive, or 3 to stop");

    However it does not tell me to do that in the instruction so i am not sure how I am supposed to have any error messages come up or how my output comes up the way it does. I am not sure if that explains it any better to whhat I am trying to do and if that doesn;t help Ill try to explain it differently
    Look into using switch statements, I believe that would allow you to do what yo wish, with switch statements you can have the user input a int (in your case 1 to start 2 to drive 3 to stop) and depending on what they do you "switch" to that set of conditions, and you could also use the switch "default" where you could put an error message if they give you an entry that isn't one of your switch cases.

    EDIT: Or even a while loop or else/if statements could work, although they would be more complicated to integrate then a switch statement, check here for a simple switch tutorial that should give you a good idea on how they work:

    The switch Statement (The Javaô Tutorials > Learning the Java Language > Language Basics)

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