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java.lang.reflection.InvocationTargetException Error???

I'm not sure how to find the cause of this error. A quick google search lead me to stack overflow where it mentioned using getCause() but I'm not sure of how to implement this in the workspace. any help would be appreciated

com/example/BlogPost.java
package com.example;

import java.io.Serializable;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.List;


public class BlogPost implements Comparable<BlogPost>, Serializable {
  private String mAuthor;
  private String mTitle;
  private String mBody;
  private String mCategory;
  private Date mCreationDate;

  public BlogPost(String author, String title, String body, String category, Date creationDate) {
    mAuthor = author;
    mTitle = title;
    mBody = body;
    mCategory = category;
    mCreationDate = creationDate;
  }

  public int compareTo(BlogPost other) {
    if (equals(other)) {
      return 0;
    }
    return mCreationDate.compareTo(other.mCreationDate);
  }

  public String[] getWords() {
    return mBody.split("\\s+");
  }

  public List<String> getExternalLinks() {
    List<String> links = new ArrayList<String>();
    for (String word : getWords()) {
      if (word.startsWith("http")) {
        links.add(word);
      }
    }
    return links;
  }

  public String getAuthor() {
    return mAuthor;
  }

  public String getTitle() {
    return mTitle;
  }

  public String getBody() {
    return mBody;
  }

  public String getCategory() {
    return mCategory;
  }

  public Date getCreationDate() {
    return mCreationDate;
  }
}
com/example/Blog.java
package com.example;

import java.util.List;
import java.util.Set;
import java.util.TreeSet;
import java.util.Map;
import java.util.HashMap;

public class Blog {
  List<BlogPost> mPosts;

  public Blog(List<BlogPost> posts) {
    mPosts = posts;
  }

  public List<BlogPost> getPosts() {
    return mPosts;
  }

  public Set<String> getAllAuthors() {
    Set<String> authors = new TreeSet<>();
    for (BlogPost post: mPosts) {
      authors.add(post.getAuthor());
    }
    return authors;
  }

  public Map<String, Integer> getCategoryCounts() {
    Map<String, Integer> categoryCounts = new HashMap<String, Integer>();
    for (BlogPost post : mPosts) {
        String category = post.getCategory();
        Integer count = categoryCounts.get(category);
        if (category == null) {
                count = 0;
            }
            count++;
            categoryCounts.put(category, count);
    }
    return categoryCounts;
  }
}

1 Answer

try replacing

if (category == null) {

with

if (count == null) {

The category is never null assuming that the BlogPost object has all properties set, and since category is never null the count is not set to zero for new categories. I believe the exception is because you cannot increment an Integer that is null.

I hope this helps

That worked beautifully! Thanks so much!

It's always the little things. ^^;