How to initialize an array in Java?

chatty picture chatty · Dec 21, 2009 · Viewed 1.6M times · Source

I am initializing an array like this:

public class Array {

    int data[] = new int[10]; 
    /** Creates a new instance of Array */
    public Array() {
        data[10] = {10,20,30,40,50,60,71,80,90,91};

NetBeans points to an error at this line:

data[10] = {10,20,30,40,50,60,71,80,90,91};

How can I solve the problem?


Prasoon Saurav picture Prasoon Saurav · Dec 21, 2009
data[10] = {10,20,30,40,50,60,71,80,90,91};

The above is not correct (syntax error). It means you are assigning an array to data[10] which can hold just an element.

If you want to initialize an array, try using Array Initializer:

int[] data = {10,20,30,40,50,60,71,80,90,91};

// or

int[] data;
data = new int[] {10,20,30,40,50,60,71,80,90,91};

Notice the difference between the two declarations. When assigning a new array to a declared variable, new must be used.

Even if you correct the syntax, accessing data[10] is still incorrect (You can only access data[0] to data[9] because index of arrays in Java is 0-based). Accessing data[10] will throw an ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException.