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Thread: Classes problem

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    Default Classes problem


    I'm having a problem with classes and calling methods. I only know I have a problem at this point because Eclipse told me so. I've gone over it and over it and I just can't see what I did wrong here. Then again, I really don't know what I'm looking for. Here's the first class and call the the method in the second class. I'm trying to get an ArrayList<> I created passed into another method in a child class.
    package testP;
    import javax.swing.*;
    import java.awt.event.*;
    import java.awt.*;
    import java.io.*;
    import java.util.*;
    public class Test extends JFrame implements ActionListener {
    	private JButton enterQ, startTest, startOver, startTestOver, nextQuestion;
    	private JPanel buttonPanel; 
    	private JTextArea showQuestions, showAnswers, showCAnswers;
    	private JTextField enterQuestions, enterAnswers;
    	public ArrayList<String> questions[], corAnswers[], uAnswers[];
                 public Test() {
    	public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e){
    		String command=e.getActionCommand();
                             if(command.equals("Enter Question")) {
    			String newQuestion=enterQuestions.getText();
    			String newAnswer=enterAnswers.getText();
    And here's the child class and relevent methods:
    package testP;
    import java.util.ArrayList;
    public class MakeTest extends Test {
    	ArrayList<String> q;
    	ArrayList<String> a;
    	public MakeTest() {
    		public ArrayList<String> addQ(String question) {
    			return q;
    		public ArrayList<String> addA(String answer) {
    			return a;
    At this point, I'm not concerned about whether or not it actually does what it's supposed to do. I'm only concerned with why Eclipse says the call itself won't work. I'm doing something wrong, but I can't tell what. Thanks for any help given!
    Last edited by Skyton; March 3rd, 2011 at 01:54 PM.

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    Default Re: Classes problem

    Eclipse says the call itself won't work
    And what does Eclipse say? Its usually very descriptive and leads to the problems, and since its not posted makes it difficult for us to pinpoint the issues. A brief look at the code: ArrayList's are objects, so you need to instantiate them (using new ArrayList() ). There also seem to be misuses of common functions (for example JFrame.add(String s) does not exist). Recommend you read the API's on the objects/functions you wish to use to familiarize yourself on how to use them

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