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not a statement

This error occurs when a syntactically correct statement does not appear where it should. Examples:

  • Writing an assignment statement without the assignment operator: max ;          // Error, missing = Eclipse: Syntax error, insert "AssignmentOperator Expression"    to complete Expression
  • Misspelling else : if (i > j)   max = i;els ;          // Error, else not spelled correctly The reason you do not get “else expected” is that you need not write an else alternative so this just looks like a bad statement.

    els cannot be resolved

    Syntax error, insert "AssignmentOperator Expression" to complete Expression
    The same identifier can be used in different methods and classes. An important task of the compiler is to resolve the ambiguity of multiple uses of the same identifer; for example, if a variable is declared both directly within a class and also withina method, the use of its unqualified name is resolved in favor of the local variable. This error message simply means that the compiler could not obtain an(unambiguous) meaning for the identifier els .
  • The following code: if (i > j)   max = i;els           // Error, else not spelled correctly   max = j; results in a weird error message: x.java:6: cannot find symbol symbol  : class elslocation: class x els The reason is that the compiler interprets this as a declaration: els max = j; and can't find a class els as the type of the variable max .
    Eclipse: Duplicate local variable max els cannot be resolved to a type These messages are more helpful: first, the use of the word type instead of class is more exact because the type of a variable need not be a class (it could be a primitive type or interface);second, the message about the duplicate variable gives an extra clue as to the source of the error.
  • The error can also be caused by attempting to declare a variable whose name is that of a reserved keyword: void f() {   int default = 10;} Eclipse: Syntax error on token "default", invalid VariableDeclaratorId

cannot find symbol

This is probably the most common compile-time error. All identifiers in Java must be declared before being used and an inconsistency between the declarationof an identifier and its use will give rise to this error. Carefully check the spelling of the identifier. It is easy to make a mistake by using a lower-case letter instead of an upper case one, or to confuse the letter O withthe numeral 0 and the letter l with the numeral 1.

Other sources of this error are: calling a constructor with an incorrect parameter signature, andusing an identifier outside its scope, for example, using an identifier declared in a for -loop outside the loop:

int[] a = {1, 2, 3};int sum = 0; for (int i = 0; i < a.length; i++)   sum = sum + a[i]; System.out.println("Last = " + i);        // Error, i not in scope

Eclipse: ... cannot be resolved

... is already defined in ...

An identifier can only be declared once in the same scope:

int sum = 0; double sum = 0.0;   // Error, sum already defined

Eclipse: Duplicate local variable sum

array required but ... found

This error is caused by attempting to index a variable which is not an array.

int max(int i, int j) {   if (i > j) return i;   else return j[i];              // Error, j is not an array }

Eclipse: The type of the expression must be an array type but it resolved to int

... has private access in ...

It is illegal to access a variable declared private outside its class.

Eclipse: The field ... is not visible

Questions & Answers

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RAW Reply
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yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
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what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
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sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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what does nano mean?
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