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    Werdeyo is offline Member
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    Default For Each Loop help?

    Hey everyone I'm having a hard time understanding how the for each loop works like how when you use the variable item
    it gives you the key but when you use get(item) you get the value if someone could explain this in a simpler way it would
    be really appreciated. Thanks.

    Java Code:
    import java.util.HashMap;
    public class RestaurantForEach {
    	public static void main(String[] args) {
    		HashMap<String, Integer> restaurantMenu = new HashMap<String, Integer>();
    		restaurantMenu.put("Turkey Burger", 13);
    		restaurantMenu.put("Naan Pizza", 11);
    		restaurantMenu.put("Cranberry Kale Salad", 10);
    		System.out.println( restaurantMenu.size() );
    		for (String item : restaurantMenu.keySet()) {
    			System.out.println("A " + item + " costs " + restaurantMenu.get(item) + " dollars.");

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    jim829 is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: For Each Loop help?

    Map's store (key, value) pairs. For a given key, you would use mapName.get(key) to retrieve the associated value. Think of an array. To
    get the value at index 10 of an array called vals you would use vals[10]. For an ArrayList named list you would use list.get(10). The same
    is true for Maps except that maps are not sequential access lists. The nice thing about maps is that you are not restricted to using only integers to access values. In your case above you are using Strings to get access to the associated integer.

    Edit: I used the wrong term here. Arrays and array Lists are not sequential access data structures but random access structures (compared to a linked list which is accessed sequentially). But then a Map is also a random access data structure. So the best way to really describe them is that that arrays and array Lists are organized linearly where as maps are not. I hope I haven't confused you too much.

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    Default Re: For Each Loop help?

    The real problem is that 10 dolllars for a cranberry kale salad is way overpriced :)
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