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    Default Storing Data

    Goodday everyone,

    About 3 weeks ago i have started picking up java, and trying to grasp the basics i decided to try and put together a simple yet challenging program.

    the program basicly needs to store multiple names and a value that goes with each name to a file, after which i want to be able to edit and change the value.

    Now my question is what would be the best way to realise this (keep in mind i might want to display the entire list in a GUI) i was thinking of having an array go through the file each time you want to change a value by searching for the name that the user inputs, however this seems rather difficult in terms of flexibility, i also noticed the Linkedlist in the API, at first glance however it seems this only stores 1 variable (be it string or int) and not 2?

    Could someone give me a push in the right direction?

    Thanks in advance, Khorod.

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    A fascinating question because there are so many possibilities.
    Some suggestions:
    A List (LinkedList, ArrayList, etc) can take any kind of object including another List, an array (or multi-dimensional array) or a custom class object.
    A "Data Store" class can have any thing you want in it along with methods such as write or draw.
    For instance:
    Java Code:
    class PseudoStore {
        String name;
        int id;
        public PseudoStore(String name, int id) {
   = name;
   = id;
        public String toString() {
            return "PseudoStore[name:" + name + ", id:" + id + "]";
    Then you could do
    Java Code:
    // For generics (j2se 1.5+)
    List<PseudoStore> list = new ArrayList<PseudoStore>();
    // or, for non-generics
    List list = new ArrayList();
    list.add(new PseudoStore("John Hancock", 22));
    String name = ((PseudoStore)list.get(0)).name;
    for(int j = 0; j < list.size(); j++) {
        PseudoStore store = (PseudoStore)list.get(j);
        System.out.println("store("+j+") = " + store);

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