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How do we do the console.readLine but in an IDE?

Ive tried doing this in an IDE an it obviously did not work, but I do know for a fact that there is a way of doing it! if someone could answer this question that would be awesome!

How Do We Do The console.readLine in an IDE?

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The most common way of getting console input in an IDE is to use the Scanner class. Scanner has a method called nextLine which functions quite similarly to the readLine method.

The only notable difference is that readLine allows you to pass in a string which is then printed out at the same time as the console waits for input. That is not supported by nextLine so when using that you have to use a separate print command.

Here is example code that shows off how to use nextLine:

import java.util.Scanner; // Import Scanner

public class Example {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Scanner scanner = new Scanner(; // Initialize a Scanner object

        System.out.print("Please enter your name: ");
        String name = scanner.nextLine(); // Use the nextLine method to get input
        System.out.println("Your name is: " + name);

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