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Thread: Missing return statement???

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    Question Missing return statement???

    Hello everyone,

    Forgive me for any errors in posting this here or simply bad posting syntax,
    this is my first time posting here and probably won't be my last.

    public Person getPerson(String name){
            for(int i = 0;  i< this.db.size(); i++){
                Person temp = this.db.get(i);
                String tempName = temp.getName();
                if(tempName.equals(name)){
                    return temp;
                }
                else{
                    return null;
                }
            }
        }

    The compiler BlueJ keeps telling me there is a missing return statement and I don't know why as there are two return statements in the two if branches.


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    Default Re: Missing return statement???

    Find the third possible branch

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    Default Re: Missing return statement???

    Quote Originally Posted by jps View Post
    Find the third possible branch
    Thanks for the reply turns out I just had to shift my:

    "return null;"

    a couple of curly brackets down

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    Default Re: Missing return statement???

    Just so you know, your for loop will only ever cycle through one time.

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    Default Re: Missing return statement???

    Quote Originally Posted by Parranoia View Post
    Just so you know, your for loop will only ever cycle through one time.
    Fixing the compile error (correctly) also corrected that issue as per post #3

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    Yeah the issue was my 'return null;' had top be outside of the for loop which is now fixed

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