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    CurtisJC is offline Member
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    Default basic help needed

    Hey all, this is my first post, i've been using Java for about 5 months now and I'm still pretty new to programming let alone the language.

    I need some help with some code:

    import java.util.Scanner;

    public class HangMan
    public static void main (String[] args)
    Scanner sc = new Scanner(;
    String strDash = "__________";
    String strWord = "helloworld";

    System.out.println("Pick a letter");
    String s =;
    char c = s.charAt(0);

    for(int i = 0;i < strWord.length() - 1; i++)
    if(strWord.charAt(i) == c)
    strDash.charAt(i) = c;

    I'm trying to change the letters in strDash if they match with the users input compared to strWord and getting: unexpected type
    required: variable
    found : value
    strDash.charAt(i) = c;
    1 error

    No idea what's wrong with that line and i think it must be a simple answer but just can't figure it out, thanks in advance for any help you can provide :)
    Last edited by CurtisJC; 03-02-2009 at 06:31 PM.

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    masijade is offline Senior Member
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    Because a String is immutable (it can't be changed). Look at the API docs String, the method replace, and assign the result to a new String.

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    Default To String or not to String ...

    Here's the link to the Java 6 APIs:
    Java Platform SE 6

    Here's the link to the particular String replace() method:
    String Replace ()

    Chris S.
    Difficult? This is Mission Impossible, not Mission Difficult. Difficult should be easy.

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