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Code that made me quit programming

This discussion was created from comments split from: Code and computer's creativity? hmmm....


  • edited January 2018

    This is the code that made me to quit programming. I took me 12 hours to code this on netbeans but I could not fix it. Please somebody should help me fix this error. I will be grateful to you.

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    package biblereader;
    import javax.swing.JFileChooser;
    import javax.swing.JOptionPane;
     * @author Yohanna
    public class FileReader extends javax.swing.JFrame {
        private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
         * Creates new form FileReader
        public FileReader() {
        private FileReader(String filename) {
            throw new UnsupportedOperationException("Not supported yet."); //To change body of generated methods, choose Tools | Templates.
         * This method is called from within the constructor to initialize the form.
         * WARNING: Do NOT modify this code. The content of this method is always
         * regenerated by the Form Editor.
        // <editor-fold defaultstate="collapsed" desc="Generated Code">                          
        private void initComponents() {
            jButton1 = new javax.swing.JButton();
            jScrollPane1 = new javax.swing.JScrollPane();
            jTextArea1 = new javax.swing.JTextArea();
            setTitle("Bible Reading Kits");
            setFont(new java.awt.Font("Algerian", 0, 10)); // NOI18N
            setForeground(new java.awt.Color(255, 0, 51));
            setName("Bible Standard"); // NOI18N
            jButton1.setForeground(new java.awt.Color(255, 51, 51));
            jButton1.setIcon(new javax.swing.ImageIcon(getClass().getResource("/biblereader/Bible.jpg"))); // NOI18N
            jButton1.setText("Read your Bible Always");
            jButton1.setCursor(new java.awt.Cursor(java.awt.Cursor.DEFAULT_CURSOR));
            jButton1.addActionListener(new java.awt.event.ActionListener() {
                public void actionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {
            jTextArea1.setBackground(new java.awt.Color(51, 51, 255));
            jTextArea1.setFont(new java.awt.Font("MS Gothic", 0, 14)); // NOI18N
            jTextArea1.setForeground(new java.awt.Color(255, 51, 204));
            jTextArea1.setBorder(javax.swing.BorderFactory.createTitledBorder(null, "Bible Standard Life", javax.swing.border.TitledBorder.CENTER, javax.swing.border.TitledBorder.DEFAULT_POSITION, new java.awt.Font("Tahoma", 1, 12), new java.awt.Color(255, 255, 255))); // NOI18N
            jTextArea1.setCaretColor(new java.awt.Color(204, 255, 102));
            jTextArea1.setSelectionColor(new java.awt.Color(0, 255, 153));
            javax.swing.GroupLayout layout = new javax.swing.GroupLayout(getContentPane());
                    .addGap(23, 23, 23)
                        .addComponent(jButton1, javax.swing.GroupLayout.DEFAULT_SIZE, 482, Short.MAX_VALUE))
                    .addComponent(jButton1, javax.swing.GroupLayout.PREFERRED_SIZE, 38, javax.swing.GroupLayout.PREFERRED_SIZE)
                    .addComponent(jScrollPane1, javax.swing.GroupLayout.PREFERRED_SIZE, 210, javax.swing.GroupLayout.PREFERRED_SIZE)
                    .addContainerGap(javax.swing.GroupLayout.DEFAULT_SIZE, Short.MAX_VALUE))
        }// </editor-fold>                        
        private void jButton1ActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {                                         
        JFileChooser chooser = new JFileChooser();
        File f = chooser.getSelectedFile();
        String filename = f.getAbsolutePath();
        try {
        FileReader reader = new FileReader(filename);
        BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(reader);
   , null);
        catch(IOException e){
        JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, e);
         * @param args the command line arguments
        public static void main(String args[]) {
            /* Set the Nimbus look and feel */
            //<editor-fold defaultstate="collapsed" desc=" Look and feel setting code (optional) ">
            /* If Nimbus (introduced in Java SE 6) is not available, stay with the default look and feel.
             * For details see 
            try {
                for (javax.swing.UIManager.LookAndFeelInfo info : javax.swing.UIManager.getInstalledLookAndFeels()) {
                    if ("Nimbus".equals(info.getName())) {
            } catch (ClassNotFoundException ex) {
                java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger(FileReader.class.getName()).log(java.util.logging.Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
            } catch (InstantiationException ex) {
                java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger(FileReader.class.getName()).log(java.util.logging.Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
            } catch (IllegalAccessException ex) {
                java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger(FileReader.class.getName()).log(java.util.logging.Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
            } catch (javax.swing.UnsupportedLookAndFeelException ex) {
                java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger(FileReader.class.getName()).log(java.util.logging.Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
            /* Create and display the form */
            java.awt.EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
                public void run() {
                    new FileReader().setVisible(true);
        // Variables declaration - do not modify                     
        private javax.swing.JButton jButton1;
        private javax.swing.JScrollPane jScrollPane1;
        private javax.swing.JTextArea jTextArea1;
        // End of variables declaration                   

    The result:

    / error: incompatible types: FileReader cannot be converted to Reader
        BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(reader);
    Note: Some messages have been simplified; recompile with -Xdiags:verbose to get full output
    1 error
  • I need the CCS to start the criticism because this code knocked me out of programming entirely when I was frustrated. I need solution to it plus a new suggestion to improve it.

  • edited January 2018

    Hi @Waliya --

    CCS Working Group may not be the best place to get specific debugging advice on Java programming -- in general it is more for talking about code in culture, not helping to debug fix programs that aren't working.

    If you do want help with your program, I would recommend a site like Stackoverflow. To get best results there, first search the error message and make sure there isn't already an answer to your question. Then, if posting a question, make sure you have posted an MCVE -- a Minimal, Complete, Verifiable Example. In particular, when posting to a forum for code help, notice this part of the advice:

    Describe the problem. "It doesn't work" is not a problem statement. Tell us what the expected behavior should be. Tell us what the exact wording of the error message is, and which line of code is producing it. Put a brief summary of the problem in the title of your question.

    So people trying to help would want to know what you expected the code to do once it was working correctly -- and, if you are modifying existing code, it might also help them to know where you got it from and what you were trying to change about it when it broke.

  • edited January 2018

    One aspect of your question that in my opinion would make a good CCS topic of general interest is "code that makes people quit" -- quit a language, quit programming, et cetera. So for example it might be productive as a general discussion to ask forum members to reflect of stories of the specific code examples or languages tools etc. that made them quit something, or that they saw stopping or frustrating others. I would guess that many people have similar stories....

  • Thanks sir @jeremydouglass The code I posted above is supposed to open a GUI frame for someone to upload .txt extension document in order to read it. But, the BufferedReader code on line 107 refused to convert the filename and the results was read thus: error: incompatible types: FileReader cannot be converted to Reader
    BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(reader);
    Note: Some messages have been simplified; recompile with -Xdiags:verbose to get full output
    1 error. This complexity was what knocked me out of coding.

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