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Thread: Optimize/Improvements/Suggestions for my code

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    Default Optimize/Improvements/Suggestions for my code

    Hi Everyone,
    New here and picking up Java little by little. I just finished writing a SuperLotto program and it works fine, but feel like the code can be improve upon. Any suggestions, tips, etc... on what I can do to improve on my code would be appreciated!

    I tried using a standard array,
    int ballNumbers = new int[6];
    since I know I don't need anything more then 6 balls #, but when I did that, I couldn't use ballNumber.contains().

    Thanks in advance!

    import java.util.*;
    class Lotto {
    	public static void main(String[] args) {
    		Scanner input = new Scanner(System.in);
    		Random lottoBall = new Random();
    		int play,			// # of quick pick ticket player wants to purchase
    			count=0,		// once count == play, exit program
    			number,			// variable to hold the random number between 1-47
    			ballCount=0;	// SuperLotto has 6 balls total + Mega Number
    		ArrayList<Integer> ballNumbers = new ArrayList<Integer>(); // array to hold each ball #
    		System.out.print("Enter # of plays: ");
    		play = input.nextInt();
    		while(count<play) {
    			while(ballCount < 6) {
    				number = 1+lottoBall.nextInt(47);
    				// check for duplicate numbers
    				if(!ballNumbers.contains(number)) {
    			// sort array
    			// display array content
    			for(int i=0; i<ballNumbers.size();i++)
    				System.out.print(ballNumbers.get(i) + " ");
    			// clear array
    			// display Mega Number ball #
    			System.out.printf("\nMega Number: %d\n\n", 1+lottoBall.nextInt(27));
    			ballCount = 0;

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    Default Re: Optimize/Improvements/Suggestions for my code

    If you wanted to use Arrays you could always write you're own Contains method. Just a simple boolean method that loops through the list and returns true if it's found would do. Benefit of arrays is that it can be faster. Don't think it would really make a difference with your program though. Also, it's not the best idea to cram everything into your main method. Why not have a class called game that creates a new instance for each go.
    Last edited by Diplo; July 29th, 2011 at 03:19 PM.

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