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Thread: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

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    Default I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    Below is part Two the method I need help creating:

    This method updates the sequence of stars according to the actual English word and the guess character.

    public static String updateSecretWord(String secretWord, String englishWord, String guessedChar)
    {

    }
    below is the example of how it should look like when I call it

    updateSecretWord(“*****”, “Hello”, “h”) = h****
    updateSecretWord(“h****”, “Hello”, “o”) = h***o
    updateSecretWord(“he**o”, “Hello”, “e”) = he**o


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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    Can you describe how you'd do it in plain language? Something like:

    Find location of guessChar in englishWord and change that same location in secretWord from an asterisk to the guessChar.

    Try to program that.

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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    Could you please show me that in code, because I tried doing it, it didn't work =/

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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    Show the code you tried, describe wha "didn't work," post any errors you want help with, and ask specific questions. We can't do it for you, but we can help you with code you've written.

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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    So I used this example found on the internet to help me out:
    Example Code:
    String myName = "domanokz";
    myName.charAt(4) = 'x';

    This is what I came up with:

    //UpdateSecretWord Method
     
      public static String updateSecretWord(String secretWord, String englishWord, String guessedChar) 
      { 
        Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
        guessedChar = in.next();
        int wordLength = secretWord.length();
        if(englishWord.toLowerCase().contains(guessedChar.toLowerCase()) )
        {
          int index = englishWord.indexOf(guessedChar);
     
          String updateSecretWord = secretWord;
          updateSecretWord.charAt(index) = guessedChar;   <----- Error is in this line says (Error: unexpected type required: variable found:    value)
          System.out.println(updateSecretWord);
        }
        return updateSecretWord;
      }
    Last edited by GregBrannon; January 12th, 2014 at 06:16 AM. Reason: Added code tags. Please use code tags.

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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    I added code tags to your post. You can edit the post and see what I did so that you can do that in the future OR read this link to get that and other info useful for newcomers.

    Looking at the code you posted:

    There's no reason for a Scanner object in that method. Get rid of it. Get rid of the lines prior to the if() statement.

    That's not how the charAt() method works. Read the String API. While there, look for another String method that might help you.

    And it's interesting you found that example on the Internet HERE, posted by someone who said it wasn't working as designed and then apparently ignored the advice given in the rest of that post. You need to be more careful in using code you find on the Internet.

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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    Okay so this is what I got :

    //UpdateSecretWord Method
      public static String updateSecretWord(String secretWord, String englishWord, String guessedChar) 
      { 
        if(englishWord.toLowerCase().contains(guessedChar.toLowerCase()) )
        {
          int index = englishWord.indexOf(guessedChar); 
          StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(secretWord);
          sb.setCharAt(index, guessedChar); <---- the error is here it says: "Required: int, char     Found: int, java.lang.String." 
          System.out.println(sb);     
        }
        else
        {
          System.out.println("The guess you have entered does not match any letter in the word");
        }
        return secretWord;
      }

    I'm pretty sure the variable guessedChar is the problem. It is a one letter string input from the user, if it helps you just so you know this program I'm doing is for a text based hangman game. How could I change it into a Char ?

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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    Yes, the StringBuilder.setCharAt() method requires an ( int, char ) as parameters - you can read this yourself in the API. In your method, guessedChar is passed as a String, so you need to either:

    1. pass guessedChar as a char
    2. convert the String guessedChar to a char in the method
    3. pass a different parameter to setCharAt(), like englishWord.charAt( index )

    Option 3 might be considered more elegant by some, because it preserve's the original word's capitalization.

    Our goal is to enable you to determine these options and corresponding solutions yourself, and that starts with practice for confidence and greater familiarity with the SE API, all your responsibility.

    Keep coding!

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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    Thank you ! I turned it into a char, because I need it to not keep the capitalization anyway. however I encountered another problem, if I enter the guessChar as the first letter of the said secretWord, then it says "String index out of range: -1." It works now though if I enter any other letter of said secretWord.

    How could I fix this ?

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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    The result -1 is returned when the character sought isn't found. Why might that be happening, especially on the first letter? You can fix that yourself.

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    Default Re: I don't know how to create this method, it eludes me, please help ASAP !!

    Okay thanks a bunch! Gonna sleep for now so tired.

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