# Mastering Conditionals and Loops in Programming

Chapter 5 of 2004 Pearson Addison Wesley's programming book covers boolean expressions, conditional statements and comparing data, repetition statements and iterators, and more GUI components. This chapter provides in-depth knowledge on how to make decisions and repeat processing steps in a loop.

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2. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-2 Conditionals and Loops Now we will examine programming statements that allow us to: make decisions repeat processing steps in a loop Chapter 5 focuses on: boolean expressions conditional statements comparing data repetition statements iterators more drawing techniques more GUI components

3. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-3 Outline The if Statement and Conditions Other Conditional Statements Comparing Data The while Statement Iterators Other Repetition Statements Decisions and Graphics More Components

4. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-4 Flow of Control Unless specified otherwise, the order of statement execution through a method is linear: one statement after another in sequence Some programming statements allow us to: decide whether or not to execute a particular statement execute a statement over and over, repetitively These decisions are based on boolean expressions (or conditions ) that evaluate to true or false The order of statement execution is called the flow of control

5. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-5 Conditional Statements A conditional statement lets us choose which statement will be executed next Therefore they are sometimes called selection statements Conditional statements give us the power to make basic decisions The Java conditional statements are the: if statement if-else statement switch statement

6. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-6 The if Statement The if statement has the following syntax: if ( condition ) statement ; if is a Java reserved word The condition must be a boolean expression. It must evaluate to either true or false . If condition is true: statement is executed. If condition is false: statement is skipped.

8. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-8 Boolean Expressions A condition often uses one of Java's equality operators or relational operators , which all return boolean results: == equal to != not equal to < less than > greater than <= less than or equal to >= greater than or equal to Note the difference between the equality operator ( == ) and the assignment operator ( = )

9. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-9 The if Statement An example of an if statement: if (sum > MAX) delta = sum - MAX; System.out.println ("The sum is " + sum); First the condition is evaluated -- the value of sum is either greater than the value of MAX , or it is not If the condition is true, the assignment statement is executed -- if it isnt, it is skipped. Either way, the call to println is executed next See Age.java (page 208)

10. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-10 Indentation The statement controlled by the if statement is indented to indicate that relationship The use of a consistent indentation style makes a program easier to read and understand Although it makes no difference to the compiler , proper indentation is crucial

11. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-11 The if Statement What do the following statements do? if (top >= MAXIMUM) top = 0; Sets top to zero if the current value of top is greater than or equal to the value of MAXIMUM if (total != stock + warehouse) inventoryError = true; Sets a flag to true if the value of total is not equal to the sum of stock and warehouse The precedence of the arithmetic operators is higher than the precedence of the equality and relational operators

12. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-12 Logical Operators Boolean expressions can also use the following logical operators : ! Logical NOT && Logical AND || Logical OR They all take boolean operands and produce boolean results Logical NOT is a unary operator (it operates on one operand) Logical AND and logical OR are binary operators (each operates on two operands)

13. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-13 Logical NOT The logical NOT operation is also called logical negation or logical complement If some boolean condition: if a is true, then !a is false; if a is false, then !a is true Logical expressions shown using a truth table a !a true false false true

14. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-14 Logical AND and Logical OR The logical AND expression a && b is true if both a and b are true, and false otherwise The logical OR expression a || b is true if a or b or both are true, and false otherwise

15. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-15 Logical Operators Expressions that use logical operators can form complex conditions if (total < MAX + 5 && !found) System.out.println ("Processing"); All logical operators have lower precedence than the relational operators Logical NOT has higher precedence than logical AND and logical OR

16. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-16 Logical Operators A truth table shows all possible true-false combinations of the terms Since && and || each have two operands, there are four possible combinations of conditions a and b a b a && b a || b true true true true true false false true false true false true false false false false

17. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-17 Boolean Expressions Specific expressions can be evaluated using truth tables total < MAX found !found total < MAX && !found false false true false false true false false true false true true true true false false

18. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-18 Short-Circuited Operators The processing of logical AND and logical OR is short-circuited If the left operand is sufficient to determine the result, the right operand is not evaluated This type of processing must be used carefully if (count != 0 && total/count > MAX) System.out.println ("Testing");

19. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-19 Outline The if Statement and Conditions Other Conditional Statements Comparing Data The while Statement Iterators Other Repetition Statements Decisions and Graphics More Components

20. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-20 The if-else Statement An else clause can be added to an if statement to make an if-else statement if ( condition ) statement 1 ; else statement 2 ; If the condition is true , statement 1 is executed; if the condition is false , statement 2 is executed One or the other will be executed, but not both See Wages.java (page 211) Listing 5.2

22. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-22 The Coin Class Let's examine a class that represents a coin that can be flipped Instance data is used to indicate which face (heads or tails) is currently showing See CoinFlip.java (page 213) Listing 5.3 See Coin.java (page 214) Listing 5.4

23. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-23 Indentation Revisited Remember that indentation is for the human reader, and is ignored by the computer if (total > MAX) System.out.println ("Error!!"); errorCount++; Despite what is implied by the indentation, the increment will occur whether the condition is true or not

24. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-24 Block Statements Several statements can be grouped together into a block statement delimited by braces A block statement can be used wherever a statement is called for in the Java syntax rules if (total > MAX) { System.out.println ("Error!!"); errorCount++; }

25. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-25 Block Statements In an if-else statement, the if portion, or the else portion, or both, could be block statements if (total > MAX) { System.out.println ("Error!!"); errorCount++; } else { System.out.println ("Total: " + total); current = total*2; } See Guessing.java (page 216) Listing 5.5

26. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-26 The Conditional Operator Java has a conditional operator that uses a boolean condition to determine which of two expressions is evaluated Syntax : condition ? express_1 : express_2 If the condition is true, express_1 is evaluated; if the condition is false express_2 is evaluated; The value of the entire conditional operator is the value of the selected expression

27. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-27 The Conditional Operator The conditional operator is similar to an if-else statement, except that it is an expression that returns a value For example: larger = ((num1 > num2) ? num1 : num2); If num1 is greater than num2 , then num1 is assigned to larger ; otherwise, num2 is assigned to larger The conditional operator is ternary because it requires three operands

28. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-28 The Conditional Operator Another example: System.out.println ("Your change is " + count + ((count == 1) ? "Dime" : "Dimes")); If count equals 1, then "Dime" is printed If count is anything other than 1, then "Dimes" is printed

29. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-29 Nested if Statements The statement executed as a result of an if statement or else clause could be another if statement These are called nested if statements See MinOfThree.java (page 219) Listing 5.6 An else clause is matched to the last unmatched if (no matter what the indentation implies) Braces can be used to specify the if statement to which an else clause belongs

30. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-30 The switch Statement The switch statement provides another way to decide which statement to execute next The switch statement evaluates an expression, then attempts to match the result to one of several possible cases Each case contains one value (a constant ) and a list of statements The flow of control transfers to statement associated with the first case value that matches

31. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-31 The switch Statement The general syntax of a switch statement is: switch ( expression ) { case value1 : statement-list1 case value2 : statement-list2 case value3 : statement-list3 case ... } switch and case are reserved words If expression matches value2 , control jumps to here

32. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-32 The switch Statement Often a break statement is used as the last statement in each case's statement list A break statement causes control to transfer to the end of the switch statement If a break statement is not used, the flow of control will continue into the next case Sometimes this may be appropriate, but often we want to execute only the statements associated with one case

33. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-33 The switch Statement switch (option) { case 'A': aCount++; break; case 'B': bCount++; break; case 'C': cCount++; break; } An example of a switch statement:

34. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-34 The switch Statement A switch statement can have an optional default case The default case has no associated value and simply uses the reserved word default If the default case is present, control will transfer to it if no other case value matches If there is no default case, and no other value matches, control falls through to the statement after the switch

35. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-35 The switch Statement The expression of a switch statement must result in an integral type , meaning an integer ( byte , short , int , long ) or a char It cannot be a boolean value or a floating point value ( float or double ) The implicit boolean condition in a switch statement is equality You cannot perform relational checks with a switch statement See GradeReport.java (page 225)

36. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-36 Outline The if Statement and Conditions Other Conditional Statements Comparing Data The while Statement Iterators Other Repetition Statements Decisions and Graphics More Components

37. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-37 Comparing Data When comparing data using boolean expressions, it's important to understand the nuances of certain data types Let's examine some key situations: Comparing floating point values for equality Comparing characters Comparing strings (alphabetical order) Comparing object vs. comparing object references

38. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-38 Comparing Float Values You should rarely use the equality operator ( == ) when comparing two floating point values ( float or double ) Two floating point values are equal only if their underlying binary representations match exactly Computations often result in slight differences that may be irrelevant In many situations, you might consider two floating point numbers to be "close enough" even if they aren't exactly equal

39. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-39 Comparing Float Values To determine the equality of two floats, you may want to use the following technique: if (Math.abs(f1 - f2) < TOLERANCE ) System.out.println ("Essentially equal"); If the difference between the two floating point values is less than the tolerance, they are considered to be equal The tolerance could be set to any appropriate level, such as 0.000001

40. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-40 Comparing Characters As we've discussed, Java character data is based on the Unicode character set Unicode establishes a particular numeric value for each character, and therefore an ordering We can use relational operators on character data based on this ordering For example, the character '+' is less than the character ' J' because it comes before it in the Unicode character set Appendix C provides an overview of Unicode

41. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-41 Comparing Characters In Unicode, the digit characters (0-9) are contiguous and in order Likewise, the uppercase letters (A-Z) and lowercase letters (a-z) are contiguous and in order Characters Unicode Values 0 9 48 through 57 A Z 65 through 90 a z 97 through 122

42. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-42 Comparing Strings Remember that in Java a character string is an object The equals method can be called with strings to determine if two strings contain exactly the same characters in the same order The equals method returns a boolean result if (name1. equals (name2)) System.out.println ("Same name");

43. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-43 Comparing Strings We cannot use the relational operators to compare strings The String class contains a method called compareTo to determine if one string comes before another A call to name1. compareTo (name2) returns zero if name1 and name2 are equal (contain the same characters) returns a negative value if name1 is less than name2 returns a positive value if name1 is greater than name2

44. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-44 Comparing Strings if (name1.compareTo(name2) < 0) System.out.println (name1 + "comes first"); else if (name1.compareTo(name2) == 0) System.out.println ("Same name"); else System.out.println (name2 + "comes first"); Because comparing characters and strings is based on a character set, it is called a lexicographic ordering

45. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-45 Lexicographic Ordering Lexicographic ordering is not strictly alphabetical when uppercase and lowercase characters are mixed For example, the string "Great" comes before the string "fantastic" because all of the uppercase letters come before all of the lowercase letters in Unicode Also, short strings come before longer strings with the same prefix (lexicographically) Therefore "book" comes before "bookcase"

46. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-46 Comparing Objects The == operator can be applied to objects it returns true if the two references are aliases of each other The equals method is defined for all objects, but unless we redefine it when we write a class, it has the same semantics as the == operator It has been redefined in the String class to compare the characters in the two strings When you write a class, you can redefine the equals method to return true under whatever conditions are appropriate

47. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-47 Outline The if Statement and Conditions Other Conditional Statements Comparing Data The while Statement Iterators Other Repetition Statements Decisions and Graphics More Components

48. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-48 Repetition Statements Repetition statements allow us to execute a statement multiple times Often they are referred to as loops Like conditional statements, they are controlled by boolean expressions Java has three kinds of repetition statements: the while loop the do loop the for loop The programmer should choose the right kind of loop for the situation

49. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-49 The while Statement A while statement has the following syntax: while ( condition ) statement ; If the condition is true, the statement is executed Then the condition is evaluated again, and if it is still true, the statement is executed again The statement is executed repeatedly until the condition becomes false

51. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-51 The while Statement An example of a while statement: int count = 1; while (count <= 5) { System.out.println (count); count++; } If the condition of a while loop is false initially, the statement is never executed Therefore, the body of a while loop will execute zero or more times

52. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-52 The while Statement Let's look at some examples of loop processing A loop can be used to maintain a running sum A sentinel value is a special input value that represents the end of input See Average.java (page 229) Listing 5.8 A loop can also be used for input validation , making a program more robust See WinPercentage.java (page 231)

53. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-53 Infinite Loops The body of a while loop eventually must make the condition false If not, it is called an infinite loop , which will execute until the user interrupts the program This is a common logical error You should always double check the logic of a program to ensure that your loops will terminate normally

54. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-54 Infinite Loops An example of an infinite loop: int count = 1; while (count <= 25) { System.out.println (count); count = count - 1; } This loop will continue executing until interrupted ( Control-C ) or until an underflow error occurs

55. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-55 Nested Loops Similar to nested if statements, loops can be nested as well That is, the body of a loop can contain another loop For each iteration of the outer loop, the inner loop iterates completely See PalindromeTester.java (page 235) Listing 5.10

56. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-56 Nested Loops How many times will the string "Here" be printed? count1 = 1; while (count1 <= 10) { count2 = 1; while (count2 <= 20) { System.out.println ("Here"); count2++; } count1++; } 10 * 20 = 200

57. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-57 Outline The if Statement and Conditions Other Conditional Statements Comparing Data The while Statement Iterators Other Repetition Statements Decisions and Graphics More Components

58. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-58 Iterators An iterator is an object that allows you to process a collection of items one at a time It lets you step through each item in turn and process it as needed An iterator object has a hasNext method that returns true if there is at least one more item to process The next method returns the next item Iterator objects are defined using the Iterator interface, which is discussed further in Chapter 6

59. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-59 Iterators Several classes in the Java standard class library are iterators The Scanner class is an iterator the hasNext method returns true if there is more data to be scanned the next method returns the next scanned token as a string The Scanner class has variations on the hasNext method for specific data types: hasNextInt

60. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-60 Iterators The fact that a Scanner is an iterator is particularly helpful when reading input from a file Suppose we wanted to read and process a list of URLs stored in a file One scanner can be set up to read each line of the input until the end of the file is encountered Another scanner can be set up for each URL to process each part of the path See URLDissector.java (page 240) Listing 5.11

61. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-61 Outline The if Statement and Conditions Other Conditional Statements Comparing Data The while Statement Iterators Other Repetition Statements Decisions and Graphics More Components

62. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-62 The do Statement A do statement has the following syntax: do { statement ; } while ( condition ) ; The statement is executed once initially, and then the condition is evaluated The statement is executed repeatedly until the condition becomes false

64. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-64 The do Statement An example of a do loop: The body of a do loop executes at least once See ReverseNumber.java (page 244) Listing 5.12 int count = 0; do { count++; System.out.println (count); } while (count < 5) ;

65. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-65 Comparing while and do statement true false condition evaluated The while Loop true condition evaluated statement false The do Loop

66. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-66 The for Statement A for statement has the following syntax: for ( initialization ; condition ; increment ) statement ; The initialization is executed once before the loop begins The statement is executed until the condition becomes false The increment portion is executed at the end of each iteration

68. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-68 The for Statement A for loop is functionally equivalent to the following while loop structure: initialization ; while ( condition ) { statement ; increment ; }

69. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-69 The for Statement An example of a for loop: for (int count=1 ; count <= 5 ; count++) System.out.println (count); The initialization section can be used to declare a variable Like a while loop, the condition of a for loop is tested prior to executing the loop body Therefore, the body of a for loop will execute zero or more times

70. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-70 The for Statement The increment section can perform any calculation A for loop is well suited for executing statements a specific number of times that can be calculated or determined in advance See Multiples.java (page 248) See Stars.java (page 250) Listing 5.14 for (int num=100 ; num > 0 ; num -= 5) System.out.println (num);

71. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-71 The for Statement Each expression in the header of a for loop is optional If the initialization is left out, no initialization is performed If the condition is left out, it is always considered to be true, and therefore creates an infinite loop If the increment is left out, no increment operation is performed

72. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-72 Iterators and for Loops Recall that an iterator is an object that allows you to process each item in a collection A variant of the for loop simplifies the repetitive processing the items For example, if BookList is an iterator that manages Book objects, the following loop will print each book: for (Book myBook : BookList) System.out.println (myBook);

73. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-73 Iterators and for Loops This style of for loop can be read "for each Book in BookList , " Therefore the iterator version of the for loop is sometimes referred to as the foreach loop It eliminates the need to call the hasNext and next methods explicitly It also will be helpful when processing arrays, which are discussed in Chapter 7

74. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-74 Outline The if Statement and Conditions Other Conditional Statements Comparing Data The while Statement Iterators Other Repetition Statements Decisions and Graphics More Components

75. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-75 Drawing Techniques Conditionals and loops enhance our ability to generate interesting graphics See Bullseye.java (page 252) Listing 5.15 See BullseyePanel.java (page 253) Listing 5.16 See Boxes.java (page 255) Listing 5.17 See BoxesPanel.java (page 256) Listing 5.18

76. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-76 Determining Event Sources Recall that interactive GUIs require establishing a relationship between components and the listeners that respond to component events One listener object can be used to listen to two different components The source of the event can be determined by using the getSource method of the event passed to the listener See LeftRight.java (page 258) Listing 5.19 See LeftRightPanel.java (page 259) Listing 5.20

77. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-77 Outline The if Statement and Conditions Other Conditional Statements Comparing Data The while Statement Iterators Other Repetition Statements Decisions and Graphics More Components

78. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-78 Dialog Boxes A dialog box is a window that appears on top of any currently active window Basic formats for a JOptionPane dialog box: convey information showMessageDialog confirm an action showConfirmDialog allow the user to enter data showInputDialog

79. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-79 Dialog Boxes Using a null reference as the first parameter will center the dialog box on the window Figure 5.10 Page 261 methods of JOptionPane class See EvenOdd.java (page 262) Listing 5.21

80. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-80 Check Boxes A check box is a button that can be toggled on or off. They operate independently It is represented by the JCheckBox class Unlike a push button, which generates an action event, a check box generates an item event whenever it changes state (is checked on or off) The ItemListener interface is used to define item event listeners The check box calls the itemStateChanged method of the listener when it is toggled

81. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-81 Check Boxes Let's examine a program that uses check boxes to determine the style of a label's text string It uses the Font class, which represents a character font's: font name (such as Times or Courier) Font style (bold, italic, or both) font size See StyleOptions.java (page 265) Listing 5.22 See StyleOptionsPanel.java (page 266) Listing 5.23

82. 2004 Pearson Addison-Wesley. All rights reserved 5-82 Radio Buttons A group of radio buttons represents a set of mutually exclusive options only one can be selected at any given time Part of the JRadioButton class When a radio button from a group is selected, the button that is currently "on" in the group is automatically toggled off