Review Sheet for Midterm 1

This review sheet is not complete. All material covered in class or in reading assignments through the end of class on Monday, Oct 1, will be covered on the test.

1. Write a line of code that creates an object that can be used to write text to the file "numbers.dat".

PrintStream outStr = new PrintStream(new File("numbers.dat"));

2. What is a checked exception? How do we advertise that our code might throw an exception (if we don't intend to handle it)?

A checked exception is one that we must handle in some way, or advertise that our code might throw, in order for our program to compile. We advertise that a method might throw an exception by adding "throws Exception" to the header of the method.

3. Write a Java program that reads 100 integers and prints the min, max and average to the screen.

import java.util.*;
public class Numbers
    public static void main(String[] args)
        // set up for input
        Scanner stdin = new Scanner(;
        System.out.print("Please enter 100 ints: ");
        int min = stdin.nextInt(); // set min to first num read
        int max = min;
        int sum = min;
        // read the remaining 99 values
        for(int i = 0; i < 99; i++)
            int num = stdin.nextInt();
            if(num < min) min = num;
            if(num > max) max = num;
            sum += num;
        System.out.println("Max: " + max);
        System.out.println("Min: " + min);
        System.out.println("Avg: " + sum/100.0);

4. Write a program that takes a sentence from the command line (ie, 0 or more command line arguments) and prints the reversed sentence to the screen.

This is NOT a complete program.
public static void main(String[] args)
    for(int i = args.length-1; i >=0; i--)
        System.out.print(args[i] + " ");

5. Write a program that reads an input file "test.txt" and prints each floating-point token to the screen.

We did a similar example in class.

6. Write a class that represents a Point in 2-dimensional space. The class should store the point's x and y coordinates. Include methods that:

8. Write a Java program that reads the name of a file from the user, and prints the number of lines in the file that contain the word "happy".

import java.util.*;
public class Happy
    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException
        Scanner scan = new Scanner(;
        System.out.print("What is the file name? ");
        String file =;

        // create scanner associated with file
        Scanner fileRead = new Scanner(new File(file));

        int num = 0; // number of lines containing "happy"
            String line = fileRead.nextLine();
            if(line.indexOf("happy") >= 0) num++;
        System.out.println(num + " lines contain the word happy");

9. Declare and initialize a constant the represents the median price of a house in Austin.

public final int HOUSE_PRICE = 200000;

10. Give an example of an explicit cast, and explain when it is necessary to use an explicit cast.

11. Explain the difference between comparing 2 strings with == and the equals() method. Does it make sense to compare two floating-point values with ==?

12. For your class Point in #6, write a subclass called XAxisPoint that represents points with y-coordinate equal to 0.

13. What is the value and type of the result?
    a. 17/8
    b. 24%5
    c. 14.0/4
    d. Math.pow(3, 5)
    e. Character.isLetter('+')
    f. Math.round(12.56999)
    g. 15 + 2 + " hellos"
    h. 15 * 2 / 4
    i. (5 < 4) || Character.isDigit(2)

14. Write Java code that prints the characters in an array
String words = ...; // assume words has been initialized
to the screen, one character per line.

15. Review the online notes we've covered in class and re-work the examples.

16. Give an example illustrating the use of the canRead() method in the File class.