Lab #3 – Input/Output Solution



By now everyone is sick of just doing prints and having the program behave exactly the same way each time you run it. There must be more to programming than just hard-coding everything for a static behavior. Luckily for us there is, this week we will be learning to use Input methods, ways of asking the user of the program to enter more or new information which we can then utilize in our program.


In order to make Input most useful, we also need to store them for later use. That means whatever stuff we want to remember has to be understood by the computer so when we ask for it again, we get exactly what we put in. This leads to variables where different data types are created based on a common convention understood by the computer and us.

(Reading) Zyante : Chapter 1.4 & 1.5

Read chapters 1.4 and answer Participation Activities 1.4.1 and 1.4.2 about Scanners. Also answe 1.5.2 after reading chapter 1.5 about Comments.

Use of Scanners

We will use a newer utility provided by Java called Scanner to give us ability to read input on the keyboard by the user. In order to do this we need two pieces of code to enable us access to Scanner class and subsequently the inputs.

Import java.util.Scanner; // at top of the file

  • Scanner input = new Scanner(;

This allows using input to gather data from the keyboard with different calls for each data type we are going to need in this lab:


// get the next integer number


// get the next floating point number


// get the next string line

Getting started

After starting Eclipse, create a new project called Lab 3. You should save the program into this project and load it in Eclipse. You will see the following salient features in this new program.

  • the import line at the top of the file

  • input object created inside main.

  • Declaration of variables: n1 and n2

  • pairs of println and nextInt calls (to inform user and gather data)

  • save data into n1 and n2

  • use saved data to calculate new variable called average

  • output the result to the user

(Assessment) Finding and Fixing Errors

We call the process of finding and fixing errors debugging. You will be introduced to it in this lab. In the assignment page you will find 3 files:, and Obviously, they don’t run as is or produce the correct output. Your job is to find the correct behavior based on what you learned from Your changes should follow the convention below:

/* I figured all this out and made it all work.

These comments are optional */

  • System.out.println(“This is old erroneous statement”); System.out.println(“This is corrected statement”);

You’ll turn the existing line of code inside the files into a comment (required). Then have the corrected line preceding it. You’re free to add more comments as notes to yourself to explain the nature of the error(s) you fixed. This way if the TA asks you why you made the changes, it’ll be easier to recall or subsequently when you review this lab. Your exams can have similar questions in the vein of these exercises so get comfortable with them. Remember Java is case sensitive.

(Reflection) Debugging Process

  1. How many types of errors were there?

  1. How do you know when you have found every error (bugs)?

  1. Is naming convention important to avoid errors?

(Exercise) Interviewer Program

Create a new class called Interviewer. You will use the 5 questions or more from Lab 2 to create this. It will ask the user the questions one by one to gather information about them. Make sure at least one question requires an integer as an answer. You will also need to know how to create String objects. One example is given below:

String name;

System.out.print(“What is your name? “); name =;

System.out.print(“Their name is “);


What to hand in

When you are done with this lab assignment, you are ready to submit your work.

Make sure you have done the following before you press Submit:

Include answers to 1.4.1, 1.4.2, and 1.5.2

Answers to Reflection questions (1-3)

Attach fixed up, and

Attach your new

List of Collaborators

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