Hi all,

I have created a java program that reads in the number of rows and columns entered by the user, and creates a board of that size. Then, it takes in the position of cells (x, y) that the user wants to make live on that board. -1 will exit the program.

The program runs great, however I am running into one issue.

Say the user specifies a grid of 25 rows by 25 columns.

If the user then chooses a cell, 2 25, to make live... the following exception occurs (on the console, there are no compilation errors):

 Exception in thread "main" java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: 25
            at LifeGame.setPos
            at LifeGame.main

setPos looks like this:

 public void setPos(int x, int y)
      grid[x][y] = true

That's pretty straightforward, and I don't think it's the issue. The only thing I can think of is that it's taking in 0-24 rather than 1-25.

A simple workaround could be, after taking in x and y from the user, simply add 1 to each:

y = y + 1
x = x + 1

Edit: On second thought, this will simply change the the grid to 26 x 26. Not what I want. Is there a way to allow the user to input 1-25, rather than 0-24, for the cell positions?

Edited by needhelp88

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I guess you should subtract 1 instead of adding one to the variables
It should be x=x-1; and y=y-1; Now , even if user enters 2,25 . It will change to 1,24 .
Now you will not see the arrayoutofbound exception


Nope, still gives me the out of bounds exception. I tried that before, and logically it should work... but doesn't.

It still references setPos as the problem, which doesn't make any sense to me.


do you know what that exception means?
off course it's not a compile time error, since at compilation, the jvm doesn't know what values you'll pass at runtime.


I've solved the problem.

         int posx = Integer.parseInt(strs[0]);
         int row = posx - 1;

         int posy = Integer.parseInt(strs[1]);
         int col = posy - 1;

Not sure why it wouldn't work before.



because you had an array with 25 elements, and you were trying to acces the element with index 25.

since in Java, arrays are 0-based, that would be the (non-existant) 26th element.


Hi Stultuske,

Yeah, I know. But for some reason, I had to pass the values around as I did above, as using row-1 in the for loop wasn't working. Thanks.

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