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    SuitMyPants is offline Member
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    Default Reading text files

    I'm suppose to read a file from input.txt and draw a picture of it based on its conents

    COLOR blue
    LINE 200 201 140 106
    COLOR magenta
    RECT 55 340 444 122
    COLOR gray
    OVAL 200 333 30 30
    COLOR pink
    STR hello 133 133
    I have this written so far.
    import java.util.Scanner;
    import java.util.regex.MatchResult;

    public class ShapeMaker {

    public static void main(String args[]) {
    try {
    //set up a stream reader to read in the input file
    BufferedReader inputFile = new BufferedReader(new FileReader("C:\\Documents and Settings\\Administrator\\workspace\\Project1\\src\ \input.txt"));
    String line = null;

    //you may write code here

    //while there are commands to process from the input file
    //figure out the type of shape
    Scanner s = new Scanner(line);
    String pattern = "(\\w*\\s)+(\\w*)"; //change this to a pattern
    MatchResult result = s.match();

    for (int i=1; i<10; i=i-1)


    //you may write code here


    //you may write code here

    }catch (IOException e) {
    System.err.println("Error reading file");
    I changed the part where it says //change to pattern so when I print result group 2, I get from input text:"blue, magenta, red, etc." I was hoping to capture those into variables and then make a for statement that would set the shape colors... but I'm unable to do so.

    When I run the code, it repeats blue into an infinite loop. Is there a way to stop that and just get the word "blue" when I run it? I was hoping to do multiple for loops to store each color and then making a for statements to set colors.

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    ceautery is offline Member
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    This may have been better off in the New To Java section, but since you're here...

    Java Code:
    for (int i=1; i<10; i=i-1) 
    You're subtracting from i, so it will continue to be less than 10. Easy typo, but you don't need to iterate through a loop here, you're already in one. Just take out the "for" line.

    Next, your regular expression is good, but it could be tweaked a little. You want one-or-more (+) word characters, not 0-or-more (*). And don't forget you'll have to account for possible spaces at the end of each match item.

    Good luck.

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