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    Default Coded Message... Help Please

    I have a code that I need help with...
    Write a program that decodes secret messages read from a text file using an "alphabetic shift." So, for example, a shift might appear as:


    You must:

    1.) Read the encoded message from the attached MessageIn.txt file,
    2.) Count the instance of each character in the file,
    3.) The most common character in the message should be an "E". Use this information to calculate the amount of the shift,
    4.) Print out the decoded message.
    here is what i have to work with...
    the code that needs to be decoded:

    I have figured out that:
    char A in the message (encoded)= M (decoded);
    char B = N;
    char C = O;
    char D = P;
    char E = Q;
    char F = R;
    char G = S;
    char H = T;
    char I = U;
    char J = V;
    char K = X;
    char L = W;
    char M = Y;
    char N = Z;
    char O = A;
    char P = B;
    char Q = C;
    char R = D;
    char S = E;
    char T = F;
    char U = G;
    char V = H;
    char W = I;
    char X = J;
    char Y = K;
    char Z = L;
    I just need help finding out how to write it in java code... also here is what else I have to work with:
    public class test
    public static void main(String args[])
    //Method Number 1 using indexing
    int i = alpha.indexOf("G");

    //Method Number 2 using chars and ASCII values
    int j = (int)alpha.charAt(6) - (int)'A';

    System.out.println(i+" "+j);



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    You may wish to let Java do the figuring out for you. If it were me, I'd create a 26 item array of ints (I'd probably actually use a Map, but you haven't learned that yet, I'll bet), and use simple char math to count the number of times a char is present.

    For instance
    Java Code:
    // semi-pseudo code
    int[] charArray = new int[26];
    String inputString = // get input String from file...
    loop through every char in the input String
      char currentChar = inputString.charAt(i);
      int indexNumber = currentChar - 'A';
      charArray[indexNumber]++; // adds 1
    end Loop
    Last edited by Fubarable; 05-03-2009 at 09:22 PM.

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    Edit: this is not an applet question. I'm going to move this to the more appropriate "New to Java" section

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