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Java Java Objects Creating the MVP Scrabble Tiles

Jacob Ottelien
Jacob Ottelien
3,083 Points

I get a compiler error, I do not understand

I am wondering why the compiler error is giving me a headache about the answer.indexOf in the code I don't see anything misspelled on the code and everything seems good.

public class ScrabblePlayer {
  // A String representing all of the tiles that this player has
  private String tiles;

  public ScrabblePlayer() {
    tiles = "";

  public String getTiles() {
    return tiles;

  public void addTile(char tile) {
    tiles += tile;
    // TODO: Add the tile to tiles


  public boolean hasTile(char tile) {
    boolean hasIt = answer.indexOf(tile) != -1;
      if (hasIt){
        return true;
      } else  {
        return false;

Tyler B
Tyler B
5,787 Points

Can you post what error you are getting back?

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
228,978 Points

There doesn't seem to be anything named "answer" defined in this code. You may have intended to apply the "indexOf" to "tiles" instead.

Also, the boolean comparison result can be returned directly, you don't need a conditional to return boolean literals.