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Thread: help for stacks

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    Default help for stacks


    I'm new to Java. I've written a simple program to match parentheses, curly braces and brackets. It works fine, but I can't figure out how to print out the position when a mismatch occurs.
    For example: "(ab[c)" is should return that the mismatch is at position 3.
    Any help would be appriciated.

    Here is my code so far:

    import java.util.*;
    import java.util.Scanner;
    import java.util.Stack;

    public class Assignment3

    private static final char LEFTPARENT = '(';
    private static final char RIGHTPARENT = ')';
    private static final char LEFTBRACE = '{';
    private static final char RIGHTBRACE = '}';
    private static final char LEFTBRACKET = '[';
    private static final char RIGHTBRACKET = ']';
    //declaring Parenthesis, Curly Braces and Brackets (left and right)

    public static boolean isBalanced(String s) //if the input string is balanced (true/false)
    Stack<Character> stack = new Stack<Character>(); //
    for (int i = 0; i < s.length(); i++) //reading the string into the loop

    if (s.charAt(i) == LEFTPARENT) stack.push(LEFTPARENT); //push the first left parenthesis onto the stack

    else if (s.charAt(i) == LEFTBRACE) stack.push(LEFTBRACE); //push the first left Curly Brace onto the stack

    else if (s.charAt(i) == LEFTBRACKET) stack.push(LEFTBRACKET); //push the first left Bracket onto the stack

    else if (s.charAt(i) == RIGHTPARENT)
    if (stack.isEmpty())
    return false;
    if (stack.pop() != LEFTPARENT)
    return false;

    else if (s.charAt(i) == RIGHTBRACE)
    if (stack.isEmpty())
    return false;
    if (stack.pop() != LEFTBRACE)
    return false;

    else if (s.charAt(i) == RIGHTBRACKET)
    if (stack.isEmpty())
    return false;
    if (stack.pop() != LEFTBRACKET)
    return false;

    // all other characters will be ignored

    return stack.isEmpty();

    public static void main(String args[])
    Scanner input = new Scanner(System.in);
    System.out.print("Enter a string with Parentheses, Brackets and curly braces: ");
    String s = input.next();

    if (isBalanced(s)== true)
    System.out.println("The Parenthesis in"+" \""+ s +"\" "+"match");
    if (isBalanced(s)== false)
    System.out.println("The Parenthesis in"+" \""+ s +"\" "+ "do not match"+" ");
    Last edited by msa0127a; October 3rd, 2010 at 12:16 AM.

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