Iterating an Array Using the for Statement [5.0]

The for statement can be used to conveniently iterate over the elements of an array. The general syntax of the array-based for statement is:
for (type variable : array) {
The array-based for statement has four parts. The array is an expression that returns an array. The type specifies the type of variable which will be used to hold elements from the array. In particular, variable always holds the current element of the iteration and can be used by the code in body-code. body-code is code that will be executed once for every element in the array. Here is an example of the for statement.
// Returns the smallest integer in the supplied array
public int getMin(int[] ints) {
    int min = Integer.MAX_VALUE;
    for (int num : ints) {
        if (num < min) {
            min = num;
    return min;


22 Jan 2010 - 5:25am by Grace (not verified) new in programming...can we use arrays in an if-else statement...
im trying this: if(xyz[0][0] == xyz[1][1] == xyz[2][2]) ..... it says incompatible types :( pls help me..thanks :D

23 Jan 2010 - 9:00am by (not verified)

You have syntax error. What is
xyz[0][0] == xyz[1][1] == xyz[2][2] ?

Do you mean this ?
(xyz[0][0] == xyz[1][1]) && (xyz[1][1] == xyz[2][2])

22 Feb 2010 - 1:43pm by Anonymous (not verified)

or this ? (xyz[0][0] == xyz[1][1]) && (xyz[1][1] == xyz[2][2]) && (xyz[0][0] == xyz[2][2])

14 Apr 2010 - 7:15pm by Anonymous (not verified)

You are lucky the compiler caught this. Think about what happens if xyz[][] is a Boolean. no compiler error.
I recommend you review this till you understand why you are seeing the error. Think about what happens if you type
if ( x==y==z) {...}

is it any different to

if ((x==y)==z) {....}

Rule 42: Simplify your if's or you get but's!!!

Python is the only language I know that can do x==y==z (or x==y==z etc) the same as mathmaticians.

26 Apr 2010 - 1:48pm by Iterating an Array Using the while Statement (not verified)

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Iterator;

public class Library
private ArrayList items;
public Library()
items = new ArrayList();

public void removeItem(int catalogId)
Iterator it = items.iterator();
LibraryItem item =;
if (item.getCatalogId() == catalogId){

18 May 2010 - 5:01am by Anonymous (not verified)

(a == b) is a boolean, true or false, so you cannot write : a == b == c unless c is a boolean.

In your case maybe xyz[0][0] contains an integer or a float or anything else, so you cannot write xyz[0][0] == true, they are incompatible types.

you have to write (xyz[0][0]==xyz[1][1] && xyz[0][0]==xyz[2][2])
They are two comparisons of objects of the same type, resulting in booleans, and then you can use '&&' between those booleans.

That's an example of how the compiler does execute your code :
1) xyz[0][0]==xyz[1][1] ---> true
2) xyz[0][0]==xyz[2][2] ---> false
3) true && false ---> false

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