John Cena - 1 month ago 11

Java Question

My goal is to ask the user a series of numbers, and it will only stop asking for more numbers once he reaches the maximum of 20 numbers or when he inputs a negative number. But I only want to use the series when the sum of the numbers is under 50 and there's no number superior than 15.

This is what I have written so far and I can't understand why it doesn't work

`import java.util.Scanner;`

class numbersSeries {

public static void main(String[] args) {

Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);

int[] numbers = new int[20];

boolean invalid = true;

int sum = 0, input = 0, counter = 0;

while (invalid == true) {

System.out.print("Series ");

while ((input = in.nextInt()) > 0 && counter < 19) {

numbers[counter] = input;

sum += numbers[counter];

boolean hasbignumber = false;

if(numbers[counter] > 15) {

hasbignumber = true;

}

if(sum < 50 && hasbignumber == false) {

invalid = false;

}

counter++;

}

}

}

}

EDIT!!

I forgot to mention something very important. Once the series is discarded the loop will start all over again, take this output for example

`Series 1 2 4 30 -3 //this series will be discarded because the fourth value surpasses the maximum of 20`

Series 4 9 8 8 3 8 6 1 15 15 -2 //this one too because the sum is over 50

Series 3 1 9 0 -2 //only this one is going to be used because it fits all conditions

So all I want is for the compiler to keep asking for new series until a valid one is introduced so I can use it posteriorly.

Answer

You should not use an embedded `while`

here since it is not needed.

it will only stop asking for more numbers once he reaches the maximum of 20 numbers or when he inputs a negative number

`while ((input = in.nextInt()) > 0 && counter < 19)`

condition means the loop
exits if `0`

or less value is submitted as input or the variable `counter`

reaches 19.

`0`

is not a negative value as you wish and the maximum number of `20`

cannot be reached with this condition.

The `boolean`

variable name is misleading :

```
while (invalid == true) {
```

give the feeling that we expect to have a valid input to exit while it is not your need.

You should use a `boolean`

variable name which conveys your rule :

For example for this rule :

I only want to use the series when the sum of the numbers is under 50 and there's no number superior than 15.

Your could use the `boolean`

variable `mustKeepSerie`

.
And to exit the loop you could put the `boolean`

expression in the `while`

condition.

At the beginning,`mustKeepSerie`

is set to `true`

as no violation of the rule is possible as the input has not started yet.

If at any time, the sum of the numbers is superior to 50 and there's at least a number superior to 15, `mustKeepSerie`

is set to `false`

but the loop is not impacted as you asked.

And in the while, we have a single condition to loop :

```
while ((input = in.nextInt()) >= 0 && counter < 20 )
```

which corresponds to :

it will only stop asking for more numbers once he reaches the maximum of 20 numbers or when he inputs a negative number.

```
public static void main(String[] args) {
Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
int[] numbers = new int[20];
boolean mustKeepSerie = true;
int sum = 0, input = 0, counter = 0;
System.out.print("Series ");
while ((input = in.nextInt()) >= 0 && counter < 20) {
numbers[counter] = input;
sum += numbers[counter];
// mustKeepSerie condition
boolean hasbignumber = false;
if (numbers[counter] > 15) {
hasbignumber = true;
}
if (sum > 50 || hasbignumber) {
mustKeepSerie = false;
}
counter++;
}
if (mustKeepSerie) {
// do your processing
}
}
```

**Edit new solution after comment**

```
public static void main(String[] args) {
Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
int[] numbers = new int[20];
// boolean mustKeepSerie = true;
int sum = 0, input = 0, counter = 0;
System.out.print("Series ");
boolean isAcceptableSerie = false;
boolean isCurrentSerieValid = true;
while (!isAcceptableSerie) {
input = in.nextInt();
// condition exit or loop again if input <0
if (input < 0) {
if (isCurrentSerieValid) {
isAcceptableSerie = true;
}
else {
System.out.println("serie discarded!");
sum = 0;
counter = 0;
isCurrentSerieValid=true;
}
continue;
}
numbers[counter] = input;
sum += numbers[counter];
if (sum > 50 || numbers[counter] > 15) {
isCurrentSerieValid = false;
}
// condition exit or loop again if counter==19
if (counter == 19) {
if (isCurrentSerieValid) {
isAcceptableSerie = true;
}
else {
System.out.println("serie discarded!");
sum = 0;
counter = 0;
isCurrentSerieValid=true;
}
continue;
}
counter++;
}
}
```