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Thread: Basic string question

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    Hi everyone,

    I am fairly new at programming and I was wondering how I could identify acronyms(combinations of characters with all capital letters such as OMG or WTF) in a text file. For example if the whole text was, "OMG I have no idea what I am doing right now, WTF!" The acronyms would be OMG and WTF, and the count would be 2. All other capitalized letters do not count since they do not have more than 1 consecutive capital letter. So basically if anyone could help me with identifying such acronyms and adding them to a count I would be very grateful!

    P.S. Please show me the most basic way of doing this, such as using a for loop/other loops; since I do not have access to things such as arrays in the question!

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    Default Re: Basic string question

    Look at the String class for useful methods.

    How are you going to store the list of acronyms and their usage counts if you can't use arrays?
    Using a bunch of variable names like: cnt1, cnt2, cnt3 is NOT the way to do it.
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    Couldnt I use a for loop and check every letter for a capital, then create an if statement with the condition to count an acronym only if there are two capital letters following each other?

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    The problem is that I cant seem to find a proper way to identify a character as an upper case letter!

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    I cant seem to find a proper way to identify a character as an upper case letter
    Look at the Character class.
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    One option would be to split the text into words, for each word that has a length of 2 or greater convert to uppercase, compare to original if they are the same then it was already all uppercase and therefore an acronym.
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