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Thread: Amending whole words to a/an char[][]

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    Default Amending whole words to a/an char[][]

    So my goal is to build a word search here. The road block I have run into is how to save words, input from user, into an array. Then once I figure that out I need to try and arrange them in such a way so that they will fit into my array without screwing with one another. It does not have to be working exceedingly well I mean really it can be assumed that the users will not try to screw the program up. Ie one or two words and a fairly large table will be all the input. Here is the program as of now:

    import java.util.Random;
    import java.util.Scanner;
    public class BuildWS
        int r;
        int c;
        char[][] array;
        String query = " ";
        public BuildWS()
        public void build()
        public void collectInfo()
            System.out.println("How many rows?");
            Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
            r = in.nextInt();
            System.out.println("How many columns?");
            Scanner in1 = new Scanner(System.in);
            c = in.nextInt();
            array = new char[r][c];
            Random ran = new Random();
            for (int i = 0; i < r; i++)
                for (int j = 0; j < c; j++)
                    array[i][j] = (char)(ran.nextInt(26) + 'a');
            Scanner in2 = new Scanner(System.in);
            while (!query.equals("end"))
                System.out.println("Add a word to your search. Type end to quit");
                query = in2.nextLine();
                if (!query.equals("end"))
        public void print()
            for (int i = 0; i < array.length; i++)
                for (int j = 0; j < array[i].length; j++)
                    System.out.print(array[i][j] + " ");
        public void paste(String inString)
            System.out.println(inString);// Here is where I want to operate on the words. How do I save inString into the array as a string?

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    Default Re: Amending whole words to a/an char[][]

    how to save words, input from user, into an array
    String has a method for that. Please review the String API.
    I need to try and arrange them in such a way so that they will fit into my array without screwing with one another
    Not sure what that means. I think you have a picture of your program's function in your head, but you haven't given us the whole picture. It would be helpful (to you and us) if you'd write down what the program does from start to finish and share that with us. Then ask specific questions about those program functions that you're not sure how to code. Making an attempt at the code before asking the question is always encouraged, because usually the question goes away, becomes clearer, or changes completely once the problem is better understood.

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