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Thread: Newbie Problem With Null Pointer Exception

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    Default Newbie Problem With Null Pointer Exception

    Trying to build my first calculator from scratch and everything was going smooth but I am now getting hit with a handler coming up as a null pointer exception.

    import javax.swing.JFrame;
    import javax.swing.JOptionPane;
    import javax.swing.JButton;
    import javax.swing.ImageIcon;
    import javax.swing.Icon;
    import javax.swing.JTextArea;
    import java.awt.FlowLayout;
    import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
    import java.awt.event.ActionListener;
    import java.util.Scanner;
    public class tuna extends JFrame {
    	private JTextArea Screen;
    	private JButton Num0;
    	private JButton Num1;
    	private JButton Num2;
    	private JButton Num3;
    	private JButton Num4;
    	private JButton Num5;
    	private JButton Num6;
    	private JButton Num7;
    	private JButton Num8;
    	private JButton Num9;
    	private ImageIcon INum0;
    	private ImageIcon INum1;
    	private ImageIcon INum2;
    	private ImageIcon INum3;
    	private ImageIcon INum4;
    	private ImageIcon INum5;
    	private ImageIcon INum6;
    	private ImageIcon INum7;
    	private ImageIcon INum8;
    	private ImageIcon INum9;
    	private int count =0;
    	double Fnum;
    	double Snum;
    	boolean[] op = {false,false,false,false};  // not in use yet
    	double Ans;
    	// this is initializing all of the variables
    	public tuna(){
    		super("RaycasterJr's Calculator");
    		setLayout(new FlowLayout());
    		Fnum = 0;
    		Snum = 0;
    		Screen = new JTextArea(10,10);
    		JButton Nums[] = {Num0, Num1, Num2, Num3, Num4, Num5, Num6, Num7, Num8, Num9};
    		Icon[] Numicons = new Icon[10];
    		for(int count=0; count<=9;count++){ 
    			Numicons[count] = new ImageIcon(getClass().getResource(count +"Num.png"));
    			/// Setup the names of the images to co-ordinate with the count+"Num" system. This will allow for limited code.
    		for (int count = 0; count>=9; count++){
    				Nums[count] = new JButton(Numicons[count]);
    				/// This will create all of the buttons with their own images
    		[COLOR="#FF0000"][COLOR="#FFFF00"]handlerNum H = new handlerNum();
    		for (int count = 0; count<=9;count++){
    			//This is where the error occurs
    			//this is the error code below:
    			//Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException
    				//at tuna.<init>(tuna.java:66)
    				//at apples.main(apples.java:5)[/COLOR]
    	public class handlerNum implements ActionListener{
    		public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent Event){
    			if (Event.getSource() == Num0){
    			/// if a operator is click set that operators boolean to true and set the rest to false - this solves the multi-op problem

    Any help would be appreciated as I'm loving java and trying the gui from scratch but... hit a wall.
    Again, thank you for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaycasterJr View Post
    a null pointer exception
    Always post the full text of the exception on the forum with your code and question.
    Did you do a search on "Java null pointer exception"? Do you understand what that means? What trouble are you having in finding and fixing it?

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    Default Re: Newbie Problem With Null Pointer Exception

    This is the error I get when I run the program.

    Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException
    at tuna.<init>(tuna.java:64)
    at apples.main(apples.java:5)

    I think that it means that at line 64 the program is having trouble seeing what type one of my variables is.


    Above is line 64. So that would mean that it either can't check the type for H which is my action listener or the type of Nums[].
    I have declared both of these variables and was wondering why I get this Null Pointer Exception and how I can fix this.
    Thanks in advance, your help is appreciated.
    Last edited by RaycasterJr; November 21st, 2013 at 07:06 AM. Reason: Clarification

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    Default Re: Newbie Problem With Null Pointer Exception

    Variables have to be declared and initialized.


    MyActionClass hListener; // variable names begin with lowercase letters, and single-letter names are lousy


    hListener = new MyActionClass();

    Declared and initialized:

    MyActionClass hListener = new MyActionClass();

    The array Nums (should be named "nums") must also have its elements initialized to something other than null or zero.

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    Thanks for the help - This concept allowed me to fix the problem with the arrays. Problem Solved - Mission Success!

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