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Thread: Missing return statement

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    Default Missing return statement

    Hello everyone

    I'm going out of my mind as to why this doesn't work, any help on the matter would be very helpful. I'll try and lay this out so its easy to read.

    It keeps saying missing return statement!


    public boolean search(String searchString) {  
        int index = 0;
        boolean found = false;
               while(index < notes.size() && !found) {  
                     String note = notes.get(index);    
                     if(note.contains(searchString)) { 
               found = true;   
       else {     
      if(found) {  
          System.out.println("Found search term in note: " + notes.get(index));
        } else {        System.out.println("Search term not found.");    }}

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    Default Re: Missing return statement

    The method declares that it must return a boolean,
    public boolean search(String searchString)
    so you will receive a compile time error if the content of the function does not return a boolean value. To fix this, either change the return value to void,
    public void search(String searchString)
    or return a boolean value at the end of the method, something like this
    public boolean search(String searchString){
        boolean found = false;
        return found;

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    Default Re: Missing return statement

    Wow return found; worked like a charm, i've actually got tears in my eyes i'm so happy!

    Thanks for your help.

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