vicbab vicbab - 4 months ago 14
Java Question

How can I use a variable set on a different method?

In my code, the variable "targetNumber" can't be accessed on a different method. How do I make it possible?
In the method "jButton3Action...", I set the variable. And in the method "jButton1Action..." I try to call it, but it's returning and error:

Cannot find symbol
Symbol: variable targetNumber
location: class ggui

public static int randInt(int min, int max){
Random rand = new Random();

int targetNumber = rand.nextInt((max - min) + 1) + min;

return targetNumber;
private void jButton3ActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {
// TODO add your handling code here:
final int targetNumber = randInt(1, 10000);
private void jButton1ActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {
// TODO add your handling code here:

String tooHigh = "Too High!";
String tooLow = "Too Low!";
String gotIt = "Got it!";
int guess;
guess = Integer.parseInt(jTextField1.getText());

if (!(guess == targetNumber)){
guess = Integer.parseInt(jTextField1.getText());
if(guess > targetNumber){
else if(guess < targetNumber){



Instead of having to mess around with scope, instead make the variable a private field of the class, so all methods can access it. This is convenient for all methods, and will remove unnecessary code. Use it like this:

private int targetNumber;

In private void jButton3ActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) { do this:

targetNumber = randInt(1, 10000);

In the rest of your program, the code should perform as expected. Also, don't call the variable in randint(): targetNumber, because the compiler may get confused as to which one you are referring to in the return statement.