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    Default Problem with displaying the time

    WHAT IT DOES: The application reads in the first line of standard input. For each line of input, if the user enters exit, the application terminates; otherwise, the application interprets the line as a name of a text file. The application creates or recreates this file and writes to it two lines of output, the name of the file and the current date and time. The application then closes the file, reopens it for reading, and writes its content to standard output. The application writes to standard output the name of the file as well as the date and time.

    MY PROBLEM: Everything works perfectly but when it’s time to print out the output (filename and time), the seconds in time is the same for all. In this example the seconds is always 33 seconds but I waited at least 3 seconds before I entered each filename.

    Enter a filename of type 'exit' to quit: essay.txt
    Enter a filename of type 'exit' to quit: math.txt
    Enter a filename of type 'exit' to quit: english.txt
    Enter a filename of type 'exit' to quit: CSCI.txt
    Enter a filename of type 'exit' to quit: exit

    1: essay.txt
    2: Sat Sep 13 14:23:33 HST 2014

    1: math.txt
    2: Sat Sep 13 14:23:33 HST 2014

    1: english.txt
    2: Sat Sep 13 14:23:33 HST 2014

    1: CSCI.txt
    2: Sat Sep 13 14:23:33 HST 2014


    Java Code:
    package projectassignment1;
    import java.util.Calendar;
    import java.util.GregorianCalendar;
    import java.util.Scanner;
     * Author: <<Conrado Sanchez>> Date: Task:
    public class ProjectAssignment1 {
        public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
            Calendar cal = new GregorianCalendar();
            Scanner keys = new Scanner(;      // create scanner object 
            String input = "H";                         // hold input 
            String fileName = "ProjectAssignment1.txt"; // file name 
            String time;
            int day, month, year;
            int second, minute, hour;
            // create file 
            PrintWriter outputFile = new PrintWriter(fileName);
            // get filename or exit to quit 
            while (input.compareToIgnoreCase("exit") != 0) {
                System.out.print("Enter a filename of type 'exit' to quit: ");
                input = keys.nextLine();
                // if input does not equal to exit it prints the input and time
                // to the file. Otherwise nothing happens. 
                if (input.compareToIgnoreCase("exit") != 0) {
                    outputFile.println(input);          // write file name to the file 
                    outputFile.println(cal.getTime());  // wrtie date and time to the file
                } else if (input.compareToIgnoreCase("exit") == 0) {
                    // nothing
            // flush and close 
            // consume line
            // display the data 
            File file = new File(fileName);
            Scanner inputFile = new Scanner(file);
            while (inputFile.hasNext()) {
                // display filename as well as time
                String line = inputFile.nextLine();
                if (line.compareToIgnoreCase("exit") != 0) {
                    System.out.println("[" + line + "]");
                    System.out.println("1: " + line);
                    time = inputFile.nextLine();
                    System.out.println("2: " + time);
                    // space
            // close file 
        } // end of main()
    } // end of ProjectAssignment1 class

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    Default Re: Problem with displaying the time

    You're writing cal.getTime() to each file for the same 'cal' object; a Calendar doesn't have a running time (or clock); it is a snapshot with a fixed time, so all files end up with a same time printed to it. Either create a new Calendar for each file in that while loop, but computers are so fast nowadays that all times end up identical (within the second) ... or you have to manipulate the Calendar object to see a time difference per file.

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