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    RattleSnake is offline Member
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    Default Pick a random value from array?

    Hey guys,

    I'm very new to Java and I wanted to know how to pick a random value from an array?

    Here's my sourcecode:

    Java Code:
    public class Fad {
    	public static String[] communicationMethods = { "Facebook", "Phone", "SMS", "MSN" };
    	public static String name = ("Fad");
    	public static String mood;
    	public static int lastSpoken; // last spoken in days
    	public static boolean spokenRecently;
    	public static boolean bored;
    	public static boolean shouldSendMessage;
    	public static void main(String[] args) {
    	public static void checkLastChat() {
    		if ((lastSpoken < 3) && (name.equals("Fad"))) {
    			mood = ("sad");
    			bored = true;
    	public static void communicate() {
    		if (lastSpoken < 3);
    		shouldSendMessage = true;
    In the communicate(); method, I want it to pick a random value from the array communicationMethods. How?

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    This should give you some ideas: Random (Java Platform SE 6)

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    You can directly use the Math.random() method to generate a random number in a specific range. By using that number, you can access the array elements later on.

    Something like,

    Java Code:
    int arrayLength = communicationMethods.length;
    int random = (int) (Math.random() * arrayLength);
    System.out.println("Random Array Element : " + communicationMethods[random]);
    Hope that helps,

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