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Thread: Need help with simple repetition statement

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    Default Need help with simple repetition statement

    I cannot seem to understand why after the first round of input, the loop continues before the name variable is entered the second time. After the loops completes once, I get this output:

    Enter the employee's name: Enter the employee's wage:

    here is the code....
    package payroll;
    import java.util.Scanner;                                               
    public class Payroll {                                                  
        public static void main( String[] args )                              
            Scanner input = new Scanner( System.in );                       
                String name;                                                 
                double wage;                                                
                int hours;                                                        
                double pay;                                                     
            System.out.print( "Welcome to the Payroll Calculator\n\n" );       
                System.out.print( "Enter the employee's name: " );                     
                   name = input.nextLine();  
            while (name.compareTo("stop") != 0 )
                System.out.print( "Enter the employee's wage: " );             
                    wage = input.nextDouble();                             
                System.out.print( "Enter the number of hours worked: " );    
                    hours = input.nextInt();                               
                pay = wage * hours;                                          
                System.out.printf( "\n\nName: %s\nWage: $%.2f\nHours worked: %d\nPay: $%.2f\n", name, wage, hours, pay );
                System.out.print( "Enter the employee's name: " );            
                   name = input.nextLine();                                 
    Last edited by helloworld922; February 24th, 2012 at 08:10 PM. Reason: please use [code] tags

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    Default Re: Need help with simple repetition statement

    I think your problem could be with how the Scanner class works. It reads the line when you type in something and press Enter and saves all of it in a buffer, including the end-line character. When you call nextInt() the method returns the data you entered and leaves the end-line character in the buffer.
    You need to call the nextLine() method to read the end-line out of the buffer after you call the nextInt().

    It is possible to type many data values on a line before you press Enter and have nextInt() read them one by one until it gets to the end-line character.

    With your current program try entering the wage and the hours worked and the next name all on the same line before pressing Enter and see what happens.

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