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I'm trying to create a program that calculate's real estate commission. I need certain property codes such as S,L, and M to represent different commission rates. How would i do this?
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Hi John,

Welcome to JavaRanch!

How you would do this depends on a couple of things. If there are only a few rates, then the easiest thing to do just looks like

On the other hand, if there are a hunded different rates, then you'd want to put the codes and rates into arrays, and look up the code in this "table" as needed.

In both cases, the code could be modified a bit to report an error if the code was not recognized; as written, it will just use a default.
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Thanks for the help! I'm slowly on my way to figuring this out.

There are only three rates. I want the program to request the sale price of the property and then request the property code (the property code will correspond to a certain rate). Finally, i want it to calculate and display the commission based on the input. I am going to post the work I have done so far, if someone could please point me in the right direction.

Thanks again for all the help, i'm just a beginner.

// Calculates real estate commissions
import javax.swing.JOptionPane;

public class Assignment2_1tests {
/** Main method */
public static void main(String[] args) {
double salePrice;
char propertyType = ('R', 'M', 'C');
double commissionRate;

// Enter sale price
String salePriceString = JOptionPane.showInputDialog (null,
"Enter sale price",
"Assignment2_1test Input", JOptionPane.QUESTION_MESSAGE);

salePrice = Double.parseDouble(salePriceString);

// Enter property code (residential, multidwelling or commercial)
String propertyTypeString = JOptionPane.showInputDialog (null,
"Enter property code (residential (R), multidwelling (M) or commercial(C))",
"Assignment2_1tests Input", JOptionPane.QUESTION_MESSAGE);

if (propertyType == 'R')
commissionRate = 0.070;
else if (propertyType == 'M')
commissionRate = 0.060;
else if (propertyType == 'C')
commissionRate = 0.035;
JOptionPane.showMessageDialog (null,
"Error: Wrong property code, please try again",
"Assignment2_1tests Output", JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);


// Calculate commission
double commission = salePrice * commissionRate;

// Format to keep two digits after the decimal point
commission = (int)(commission * 100) / 100.0;

// Show results
"the commission is" + commission,
"Assignment2_1tests Output",



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