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String index out of range - what does this mean?  RSS feed

 
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Hi all,
What does the following error mean? And why does it occur?
java.lang.StringIndexOutOfBoundsException:
String index out of range: 4.
Thanks in advance
Regards,
rita
 
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You are trying to access a point in the string that does not exist. Say a string has 3 characters and you try to access position 6. You would get that error.
 
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You will get that error if you're using the charAt() method and other methods. According to java.sun.com's API documentation you get that error when:


public class StringIndexOutOfBoundsException
extends IndexOutOfBoundsException
Thrown by the charAt method in class String and by other String methods to indicate that an index is either negative or greater than or equal to the size of the string.


For example:

The above code will generate the StringIndexOutOfBounds exception because there isn't 100 characters in string test.
Jax
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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