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    choppsuey is offline Member
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    Default Help with drawing a rectangle

    Hello all,

    I am brand new to Java and am having some trouble finishing an assignment in which I am to get user input and draw a rectangle using it. Below is the code I am using:

    ***Rectangle Class***

    import java.awt.Graphics;

    public class Rectangle extends main {

    public static BufferedReader keyboard = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(;
    public static int width;
    public static int length;
    public static Graphics rect;

    public Rectangle() {
    length = 0;
    width = 0;

    public static int getWidth() {

    try {
    System.out.println("Enter the width of the rectangle: ");
    width = Integer.parseInt(keyboard.readLine());
    catch(Exception e) {System.out.println("Error : "+e);
    return width;

    public static int getLength() {

    try {
    System.out.println("Enter the length of the rectangle: ");
    length = Integer.parseInt(keyboard.readLine());
    catch(Exception e) {System.out.println("Error : "+e);
    return length;

    public static void paint(Graphics rect)
    rect.drawRect(0,0, width,length);


    [B]import java.awt.*;
    import java.awt.font.GraphicAttribute;

    public class main {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
    Rectangle rectangle = new Rectangle();

    Everything seems to be working but I cannot for the life of me figure out what I am doing wrong in regards to painting the actual rectangle. The user input portion works fine but the paint method ends up in a Null Exception. If anyone could please point me in the right direction or at least some good resources it would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

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    doWhile is offline Moderator
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    Default Re: Help with drawing a rectangle

    If you are attempting to draw using Swing, I highly recommend reading the following tutorial, as you need a user interface...(and at first glance, your code should not be working - should be throwing a NullPointerException)
    Trail: 2D Graphics (The Java™ Tutorials)
    And further, I would recommend not making everything static, and there is no reason Rectangle should extend main

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