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Hi everyone. I hope someone can help me. Id like a guidance not solution to my code. I am having trouble understanding objects in array. My program looks something like this. It a sort of the form that user have options typing in number or name. The form had like 9 fields and I want to be able to create array of those 9 fields that would be able to accept and recognize when user inputs name or number.Would it be possible to have like one class create array and somehow get objects(name or number) from another class where that other class would know about that object(name or number). Is this actually possible to do and how.I have tried so many websites and its really hard to understand. Can object know about name and number and if so how do i do that and how do one class gets that info from another class. I am thankfull for any help at all :)

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Yeh, you can have an array of Objects. And you can have one object act as a container for a collection of other objects. Here's a toy example (I normally find things easier to follow in code):

// A very simple object, but it could be a gui element,
// a complex lump of data or any other kind of object
class Example {
  private String name;

  // java lets you get away without setting a constructor
  // google java default constructor for details

  public void setName(String n) {
    name = n;

  public String getName() {
    return name;

// Example Array is a 'collection' of Example objects
public class ExampleArray {
  private Example[] egArray; // the container for the collection
  private int size;          // the size of the collection

  // Here's our constructor
  public ExampleArray(int s) {
    size = s;
    // Set up our array
    egArray = new Example[size];

    // Fill it with Example objects
    for (int i=0;i<size;i++) {
      egArray[i] = new Example();
      egArray[i].setName("name: " + i);

  // A little convienience method - loop
  // through our collection and call the getName()
  // method on each object in it
  public void print() {
    for (int i=0;i<size;i++) {

  // Right, lets check that works
  public static void main (String argv[]) {
    System.out.println("Object Array Example\n===================");
    // Create a new ExampleArray, with nine elements
    ExampleArray e = new ExampleArray(9);
    // And print it out
And here's the output:

charlie@mogadon:~$ javac ExampleArray.java
charlie@mogadon:~$ java ExampleArray
Object Array Example
name: 0
name: 1
name: 2
name: 3
name: 4
name: 5
name: 6
name: 7
name: 8
Hopefully that should make sense ...


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