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    Default Read the first word of every line in a txt file

    I want to read the contents of a text file into an ArrayList of objects, each object containing 2 String values. To make it easier to explain, here is an example:


    124 Line 1
    453 Yet another line
    948 And 1 more line - The Final Line

    Java Code:
    class object{
    	public String num;
        public String string;
    	public object(String n, String s){
    		num = n;
    		string = s;
    class readFile{
    	public static void main(String args[]){
    		ArrayList<object> list = new ArrayList<object>();
    		BufferedReader file = new BufferedReader(new FileReader("input.txt"));
    		String line;
    		while((line = new String(file.readLine())) != null) {
    			String firstWord = new String();
    			String otherContent = new String();
    			/* firstWord = first word of current line */
    			/* otherContent = other words on the same line */
    			object myObject = new object(firstWord, otherContent);
    		}catch(Exception e){System.err.println(e);}
    		for(int i = 0; i < list.size(); i++){
    			System.out.println(list.get(i).num + " " + list.get(i).string);
    The above code would need to produce output which is the same as input.txt.

    The only way I can think of to achieve the desired result is by splitting the string and then reassembling the resulting array into two strings. But I guess I am hoping for a more efficient method for doing this?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Read the first word of every line in a txt file

    What is this code supposed to do? Why mix creating a new String with the testing for the end of the input?
    Java Code:
     while((line = new String(file.readLine())) != null) {
    Read the line and extract the data you want from it. What separates the first String from the second String? The String class has methods that will help breaking a String into two parts.
    If you don't understand my response, don't ignore it, ask a question.

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