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Java Java Objects Harnessing the Power of Objects Incrementing and Decrementing

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 90,682 Points

I've got chomping on an infinite loop!

I feel like I should know the answer to this but I've looked all over my code.

  • The wasDispensed variable is correctly set to a boolean
  • I'm definitely checking that the dispenser is empty before logging "Chomp" to the console.
  • I can't spot any syntax errors in my code on either file.

To be honest I'm stumped and I can't find what the problem is.

public class Example {

    //main class
    public static void main(String[] args) {

        //print message to console.     
        System.out.println("We are making a new Pez Dispenser");

        //instantiate new object
        PezDispenser dispenser = new PezDispenser("Jack");

        //print to the console the returned value from getCharacterName.
        System.out.printf("This dispenser is called %s %n", dispenser.getCharacterName()

        //check status of PEZ Dispenser
        if (dispenser.isEmpty()) {
          System.out.println("Dispenser is empty");

        //print message to console
        System.out.println("Filling the dispenser with delicious PEZ....");
        //Call the fill method

        //check status of PEZ Dispenser
        if (!dispenser.isEmpty()) {
          System.out.println("Dispenser is FULL");

    while(dispenser.dispense()) {

    if(dispenser.isEmpty()) {
      System.out.println("Ate all the PEZ");


class PezDispenser {

    //declare new constant variable
    final static int MAX_PEZ = 12;

    //private variable accessible only to PezDispenser class    
    final private String characterName;
    private int pezCount;

    //initialise the characterName variable
    public PezDispenser(String characterName) {
        this.characterName = characterName;
        pezCount = 0;

    //Fill Pez Dispenser
    public void fill() {
        pezCount = MAX_PEZ;


    public boolean dispense() {
        boolean wasDispensed = false;
        if(!isEmpty()) {
            wasDispensed = true;
        return wasDispensed;

    //Check status of Pez
    public boolean isEmpty() {
        return MAX_PEZ == 0;


    //getter method. returns characterName
    public String getCharacterName() {
        return characterName;


1 Answer

MAX_PEZ is static and equals 0 and you keep calling isEmpty() which will consistently return true. What needs to be swapped is:

pezCount --> for MAX_PEZ in the isEmpty() method.

public boolean isEmpty() {
        return pezCount == 0;


Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 90,682 Points

got it thanks. I knew it was simple, I just couldn't see it :)