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Java Java Objects Delivering the MVP Forum

I have a problem in my code but I don't understand what is the problem

That is my solution for step number 4 of the practice named "Forum" from this course

public class Forum {
  private String topic;

  public Forum(String topic) {
    this.topic = topic;

  public String getTopic() {
    return topic;

  public void addPost(ForumPost post) {
    System.out.printf("A new post in %s topic from %s %s about %s is available",
            post.getTitle() );

public class User {
  private String firstName;
  private String lastName;

  public User(String firstName, String lastName) {
    this.firstName = firstName;
    this.lastName = lastName;

  public String getFirstName() {
    return firstName;

  public String getLastName() {
    return lastName;

public class ForumPost {
  private User author;
  private String title;
  private String description;

  public ForumPost(User autor, String title, String description) {
    this.author = author;
    this.title = title;
    this.description = description;

  public User getAuthor() {
    return author;

  public String getTitle() {
    return title;

  public String getDescription() {
    return description;
public class Main {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    System.out.println("Beginning forum example");
    if (args.length < 2) {
      System.out.println("Usage: java Main <first name> <last name>");
      System.err.println("<first name> and <last name> are required");

    Forum forum = new Forum("Java");
    User author = new User(args[0], args[1]);
    ForumPost post = new ForumPost(author, "How to use arrays?", "Craig Dennis explains how to create and use arrays.");



can you post the error you are getting?

The error which I got is:

Beginning forum example
    at Forum.addPost(Forum.java:17)
    at Main.main(Main.java:14)
    at JavaTester.run(JavaTester.java:185)
    at JavaTester.main(JavaTester.java:45)

2 Answers

Leandro Botella Penalva
Leandro Botella Penalva
17,618 Points

Hi ohadyohay,

Check your ForumPost constructor, it has a parameter called "autor" but inside the constructor you try to use it as "author".

It was very tricky, but I found it. In your forum post constructor, there is a typo in the parentheses. Currently it is User autor and it needs to be User author. It is null because you set this.author = author; but author does not exist because it is autor.

didnt see it was answered already, but hopefully you got it now :)