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Thread: Basic Java question

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    Default Basic Java question

    I'm just starting to learn some Java from a .NET, C#, and C++ background. Anyways the code presented to me is below, with a few basic questions following:

    package com.SCM.FRS;
    import java.io.BufferedReader;
    import java.io.BufferedWriter;
    import java.io.DataInputStream;
    import java.io.File;
    import java.io.FileInputStream;
    import java.io.FileOutputStream;
    import java.io.FileWriter;
    import java.io.IOException;
    import java.io.InputStreamReader;
    import java.io.Writer;
    import java.util.ArrayDeque;
    import java.util.Collection;
    import java.util.Deque;
    import java.util.HashMap;
    import java.util.Iterator;
    import java.util.Vector;
    import java.util.zip.ZipEntry;
    import java.util.zip.ZipOutputStream;
    public class FileComparison {
    	 * @param f file to read in
    	 * @return rows in the file
    	 * @throws IOException
    	private static Deque<String[]> getCollumns(String f) throws IOException{
    		FileInputStream fstream = new FileInputStream(f);
    		DataInputStream input = new DataInputStream(fstream);
    		BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(input));
    		String line = in.readLine();
    		//Header 2 then collumns 
    		Deque<String[]> values = new ArrayDeque<String[]>();
    		while (in.ready()){
    			line = in.readLine();
    			String[] types = line.split("\\|");
    		return values;
    	 * @param args [0] is the new file [1] is original
    	 * @throws IOException
    	public static void main (String args[]) throws IOException{
    		if (args.length != 2){
    			System.out.println("This program must have two inputs");
    			System.out.println("First is the new file, second the original");
    		Deque<String[]> newFile = getCollumns(args[0]);
    		Deque<String[]> oldFile = getCollumns(args[1]);
    		//I am assuming header is the same for both of them
    		String[] headers = newFile.pop();
    		HashMap <String, Integer> hash = new HashMap <String, Integer>();
    		HashMap <String, String> examples = new HashMap <String, String>();
    		//HashMap <String, File> files = new HashMap <String, File>();
    		String fileBase = args[0].substring(0,args[0].lastIndexOf("."));
    		File report = new File(fileBase + "_report_summary.txt");
    		HashMap <String, Vector<String>> buffs = 
    			new HashMap <String, Vector<String>>();
    		for (int i = 0; !newFile.isEmpty(); i++){
    			String[] newInput = newFile.pop();
    			String[] oldInput = oldFile.pop();
    			for (int j = 0; j < newInput.length && j < oldInput.length; j++){
    				if (!newInput[j].matches(oldInput[j])){
    					String message = "On row " + i + " was: " + oldInput[j] 
    					                          + " is now " + newInput[j] + "\r\n";
    					if (hash.containsKey(headers[j])){
    						hash.put(headers[j], hash.remove(headers[j]) + 1);
    						/*File f = files.get(headers[j]);
    						Writer output = new BufferedWriter(new FileWriter(f, true));
    						Vector <String> vec = buffs.get(headers[j]);
    						vec.add(new String(message));
    						Vector <String> vec = new Vector<String>();
    						vec.add(new String(message));
    						buffs.put(headers[j], vec);
    						hash.put(headers[j], 1);
    						examples.put(headers[j], message);
    					/*	File f = new File (fileBase + "_" + headers[j] + ".txt");
    						Writer output = new BufferedWriter(new FileWriter(f));
    						files.put(headers[j], f);
    		Collection<String> examplesDump = examples.values();
    		Collection<String> examplesKeys = examples.keySet();
    		Iterator<String> itter = examplesDump.iterator();
    		Iterator<String> itterKeys = examplesKeys.iterator();
    			Writer output = new BufferedWriter(new FileWriter(report, true));
    			String key = itterKeys.next();
    			output.write(key + "has been changed " + hash.get(key) + "times\r\n");
    			output.write(itter.next() + "\r\n");
    		Collection<Vector<String>> buf = buffs.values();
    		Collection<String> bufKeys = buffs.keySet();
    		Iterator <Vector<String>> itt = buf.iterator();
    		itterKeys = bufKeys.iterator();
    		ZipOutputStream zip = new ZipOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(fileBase + "_report.zip"));
    			/*File f = new File (fileBase + "_" + itterKeys.next() + ".txt");
    			Writer output = new BufferedWriter(new FileWriter(f));*/
    			String name = new File(args[0]).getName();
    			name = name.substring(0,name.lastIndexOf("."));
    			zip.putNextEntry(new ZipEntry(name + "_" + itterKeys.next() + ".txt"));
    			Vector <String> messages = itt.next();
    			for (int i = 0; i < messages.size();i++){
    1. In the line that says "private static Deque<String[]> getCollumns(String f) throws IOException{" what is the getCollumns(string f) ... part mean? So far I've only understood that you have private static and then function name
    2. The comment says f is the file to read in, however where do you set this variable to point to the file you want the program to read?

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    Default Re: Basic Java question

    Hello fred2028,
    getColumns would be the name of the method and (String f) shows that the method takes 1 parameter of type string. The Deque<String[]> part is the method's return type. As for setting f, you can set it by using a String literal when you call the method e.g. getColumns("C:\some_text_file"), or you could create a String variable in the main method like String file = "C:\some_text_file" and then pass that in the method: getColumns(file).

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