# Thread: Very Newb to Java with For Loop problem

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## Very Newb to Java with For Loop problem

I am making a program for class and after reading the book and searching online I am completely stuck on loops! Can someone look at this and tell me where I am messing up? The loop needs to show the gross sales potential with increments of 5000 to 50% of the actual sales. Everything else has worked except the loop.

thanks for any help

Error is
Illegal start of expression

cannont find symbol: variable number
location: classSalesComensation

unexpected type
required: variable
found: value

Java Code:
```package sales.compensation;

/*
* To change this template, choose Tools | Templates
* and open the template in the editor.
*/
import java.util.Scanner;

/**
*
* @author Raymond
*/
public class SalesCompensation {

public static void main(String[] args) {
Scanner input = new Scanner(System.in);

int number1; //total sales
double number2; // .06
double comission; // comission is 6 percent of sales
double salary; // \$120,000 is salespersons base
double gross; // gross income is salary plus comission
double target; // target sales is 500000
double targetmet; // if target is met 1.25
int p; // potential sales in 5000 increments

System.out.println("Sales Compensation Calculator");

number1 = input.nextInt(); // salesperson inputs sales
target = 500000; // target sales number
if (number1 >= target);{ // if target sales is met
number1 *= 1.25;} // accelerator is 1.25
number2 = (.06); // percent commission
comission = number1 * number2; // total commission
salary = (120000); // base salary
gross = salary + comission; // gross annual pay

System.out.println("Comission is " + comission);
System.out.println("Gross Income is " + gross);

for (number = gross; gross + 50%; ++5000)            //now I have tried using counter and other options here, I am just lost
{
system,out.printin("Potential Sales Earnings"counter);
}

}
}```
Last edited by burban; 11-05-2012 at 12:05 AM. Reason: code tags added

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## Re: Very Newb to Java with For Loop problem

Hi burban, welcome to the forums! I have added "code" tags to your post. Put [code] at the start of any section of code and [/code] at the end - that way the indents and other formatting will be preserved by the forum software.

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## Re: Very Newb to Java with For Loop problem

Ok cool, I didnt know that.

Thanks

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## Re: Very Newb to Java with For Loop problem

Hello,

First you have these syntax errors
corrections are embedded in your code in red

the loop syntax needs restructuring this is the structure of a for loop:
The syntax of a for loop is:

for(initialization; Boolean_expression; update)
{
//Statements
}

more in this link :Java Loops - for, while and do...while
review this link and see how you can adopt this structure for the loop you need

for (number = gross; gross + 50%; ++5000)
// now I have tried using counter and other options here, I am just lost

{
system,out.printin (System.out.println("Potential Sales Earnings" );) ("Potential Sales Earnings"counter);
}

the problem even with correct syntax is that "counter"is an unidentified variable, you need to define it, or choose the value you want to be printed in the loop from your existing variables

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