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Homework Help: Java programming error

  1. Sep 23, 2015 #1
    I am programming in Eclipse and I keep seeing the error "
    Type mismatch: cannot convert from int to String", not only in the example I am going to provide but other programs. I've just started programming in Java. Could someone explain to me what this error exactly means?


    publicstaticvoidmain(String[] args){

    String s1 = 8;

    String s2 = 8;



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  3. Sep 23, 2015 #2


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    I rarely program in Java, but I suppose you would have to surround 8 by double quotes, on both lines. Otherwise the 8 represents an int(eger), not a string.
  4. Sep 23, 2015 #3


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    Please use [ code ] and [ /code ] tags as I have done below.
    When you copy/pasted your code, it ended up with many spaces taken out that should be there. I have added them back in for the first couple of lines.
    I agree with @Krylov. Your two String variables should be initialized with string literals, not int values. Those two lines should look like this:
    Code (Java):

    String s1 = "8";
    String s2 = "8";
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2015
  5. Sep 23, 2015 #4
    Oh of course. Because only int can be a real number value, right? And when working with the String constructor it has to be characters or something within quotes?
  6. Sep 23, 2015 #5


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    Sort of. It can't have any fractional part.
  7. Sep 23, 2015 #6
    Is that always true @Mark44? why does the String Constructor have to be within quotes?
  8. Sep 23, 2015 #7


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    Is what always true?

    A String literal has to be in double quotes. That's how you know it's a string literal. A character literal (such as 'a') is in single quotes. I don't understand what you're asking about a String Constructor. Your code doesn't explicitly use a constructor for the String class.
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