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    MjM8082 is offline Member
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    Default How to read a specific line and word in a txt file?

    I'm trying to mess around with file reading in java.

    I have a program that I want the user to input the file they want to read and then the word and sentence. I'm using 2 arraylists. One for the sentences and one for the words. The output would look like this...

    The text file would look like this..

    This is a test
    of the emergency progamming system.
    If this had been a real test, you have passed.

    So you can see the word is "the"

    and when you run the program the output would look something like this...

    What is the file to read from?
    Please enter the line number and word number(the first line is 1).
    2 2
    The word is: the

    I'm trying to build something like this, not sure how to come about this.

    This is what I have so far...

    Java Code:
    import java.util.ArrayList;
    import java.util.Scanner;
    public class readingFile {
    	public static ArrayList<String> sentences = new ArrayList<String>();
    	public static ArrayList<Integer> words = new ArrayList<Integer>();
    	public static void main(String[] args) {
    		// TODO Auto-generated method stub
    		System.out.println("What is the file to read from?");
    		 Scanner keyboard = new Scanner (;
    	        String fileName = ();        
    	        Scanner inputStream = null;
    	        System.out.println ("The file " + fileName + "\n" +
    	                "contains the following lines:\n");
    	            inputStream = new Scanner (new File (fileName));
    	        catch (FileNotFoundException e)
    	            System.out.println ("Error opening the file " + fileName );
    	                    System.exit (0);
    	        while (inputStream.hasNextLine ())
    	            String line = inputStream.nextLine ();
    	            System.out.println (line);
    	        inputStream.close ();

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    eRaaaa is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: How to read a specific line and word in a txt file?

    [not efficiently!]
    you could use two for loops.
    the first is for the lines. iterate from 0 to (2-1 in your example) and call nextLine(). after that, the next nextLine() will switch the file pointer/scanner to the correct line.
    now you have to iterate to the correct word. iterate from 0 to (2-1 example) and call next(). after that, the next next() -call gives you the word that you are looking for

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