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Thread: Boggle not working?

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    Default Boggle not working?

    I'm making a program that plays Boggle. It has a problem, however. When it checks the input to see if it is a valid word, it generates an IndexOutOfBoundsException. Here's my code, what's the deal?
    import java.util.*;
     import java.lang.*;
     import java.io.*;
    public class MyBoggle2{
        static  final int ROWS = 4, COLS = 4;
    	static final int LOW = 'A', HIGH = 'Z';
    	static char[][] board = new char[4][4];
        public static void main(String[] args)  throws IOException, FileNotFoundException{
        	ArrayList<String> found = new ArrayList<String>();
    		ArrayList<String> wrong = new ArrayList<String>();
    		ArrayList<String> real = new ArrayList<String>();
    		String temp;
    		String word;
    		int size;
    		int words;
    		int index = 0;
    		char restart = 'Y';	
    		Scanner input = new Scanner(System.in);
        	File dic = new File ("bogdict.txt");
    		FileReader in = new FileReader(dic);
    		BufferedReader readFile = new BufferedReader(in);
     
        	while (restart != 'N') {
        	word = " ";
        	makeBoard();
        	System.out.println("Let's play a game of Boggle: ");
        	printBoard();
        	real = new ArrayList<String>();
        	wrong = new ArrayList<String>();
        	found = new ArrayList<String>();
        	temp = readFile.readLine();
        	while(temp != null) {
        		if (checkWord(temp) == true) {
        			real.add(temp);
        		}
        		temp = readFile.readLine();
        	}
        	size = real.size();
        	System.out.println("Enter words or ZZ to quit: ");
        	while (word.equals("zz") == false){
        		word = input.next().toLowerCase();
        		System.out.print("");
        		index = 0;
        		if (!word.equals("zz"))
        		while (index < size && real.get(index) != word){
        			if (word.equals(real.get(index))) {
        				found.add(real.get(index));
        				real.set(index, "");
        			}
        			index += 1;
        		}	
        	}
        	System.out.println("Words you guessed correctly: ");
        	for (String i : found) {
        		System.out.println(i);
        	}
        	words = real.size() - found.size();
        	System.out.println("Words the computer found that you could have guessed: " + words);
        	System.out.println("Words you could have guessed: ");
        	for (String i : real) {
        		if (!i.equals("")) System.out.println(i);
        	}
     
        }
        in.close();
        readFile.close();
        }
        public static void printBoard() {
        	for (int y = 0; y <= 3; y++) {
        		for (int x = 0; x <= 3; x++) {
        			System.out.print(board[y][x] + " ");
        		}
        		System.out.println("");
        	}
        }
        public static void makeBoard() {
        	for (int y = 0; y <= 3; y++) {
        		for (int x = 0; x <= 3; x++) {
        			board[y][x]=(char)((int)'a'+Math.random()*((int)'z'-(int)'a'+1));
        		}
        	}
        }
        private static boolean findWord(int row, int col, String word) {
                    if (word.length() == 0) {return true;}
                    if (row < 0 || row >= ROWS) {return false;}
                    if (col < 0 || col >= COLS) {return false;}
                    if (word.charAt(0) != board[row][col]) {return false;}
                    char saveChar = board[row][col];
                    board[row][col] = ' ';
                    for (int r = row - 1; r <= row + 1; r++) {
                            for (int c = col - 1; c <= col + 1; c++) {
                                    if (findWord(r, c, word.substring(1))) {
                                    	board[row][col] = saveChar;
                                    	return true;
                            }
                    }
            }
            board[row][col] = saveChar;
            return (false);
        }
            private static boolean checkWord(String word) {
                    for (int row = 0; row < ROWS; row++) {
                            for (int col = 0; col < COLS; col++) {
                                    if (findWord(row, col, word)) return true;
                            }
                    }
                    return (false);
            }
    }


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    Default Re: Boggle not working?

    It would help if you posted the full text of the error message, which will say exactly where the problem occurs, and if you supplied a sample dictionary and input that will demonstrate the problem.

    It would also help you if you used your ROWS and COLS constants when creating and wherever you access the board in a loop.

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