Brandon Rozek

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PhD Student @ RPI studying Automated Reasoning in AI and Linux Enthusiast.

Lecture Notes October 11

Global Variables

Global variables is where you don’t declare a variable inside a method. This is generally not a recommended practice. It is recommended to declare variables inside methods so that it is easier to reuse code.

public class mainDriver {
  public static int globalVariable = 5; // I am a global variable
  public static void main(String[] args) {
      int localVariable = 4; // I am a local variable

String Formatting

You can format strings in java by using the printf method in System.out.

Format strings work by using placeholders starting with % to specify where to place the value of a variable.

General format of command

//System.out.printf(FormatString, variable1, variable2, ....)
String s = "The number is";
int x = 5;
System.out.printf("%s %d", s, x); // Prints "The number is 5"

If you want to print out money, you can do it through the following

float tax = 0.45698;
System.out.printf("The tax is %.2f"); //prints "The tax is 0.46"

Floating point precision

Due to how computers store non-integers, math can be non-precise after some mathematical operations. It is therefore advantageous to do operations on integers to the level of precision you want.

For example, instead of working in dollars, work in pennies since it’s the smallest division we care about.


Standard arrays are static, meaning they have no ability to grow. Instead of doing the operations we described last class, in order to add something to an array. We can use something called an ArrayList instead.

The methods in the ArrayList library are useful abstractions to make the life of a programmer easier.

ArrayLists can also hold only one type. The type cannot be a primitive like a standard array. Instead it must be a class representing the desired type.

int -> Integer

double -> Double

char -> Character

float -> String

To declare and initialize an ArrayList

import java.util.ArrayList;
public class ArrayListTest {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
      ArrayList<Integer> numbers = new ArrayList<Integer>();
      ArrayList<String> names = new ArrayList<String>();

ArrayLists has a variety of different methods that can be used to access/manipulate it

If you want to add the numbers 1 through 10 into the ArrayList of numbers

for (int i = 1; i < 11; i++) {

To print out the entire contents of the ArrayList

for (int i = 0; i < numbers.size(); i++) {

How can you replace a value?

int n = 5; // Make this the number you wish to replace
int i = 0;
while (i < numbers.size() && numbers.get(i) != n) {
if (i == numbers.size()) {
    System.out.println(n + " not found.");
} else {
  int r = 10; // Make this the value you want to replace n with
  numbers.set(i, r);

The remove method removes an item given an index. This shifts all the elements above the removed index down.

numbers.remove(3); // Removes the element in the third index

The add method can also take an index. It pushes all the elements at the index specified up.

numbers.add(3, 5); // Adds the number 5 to the third index

You can clone an array using the clone method

ArrayList<Integer> numbers2 = new ArrayList<Integer>();
numbers2.clone(numbers); // Clones numbers into numbers2