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Java Java Objects Creating the MVP Scrabble Tiles

Variable hasTile already defined in method hasTile(char)?

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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) {
    // TODO: Add the tile to tiles
    tiles += tile;

  public boolean hasTile(char tile) {
    // TODO: Determine if user has the tile passed in
     boolean hasTile = tiles.indexOf(tile) == 0;
     boolean hasTile = tiles.indexOf(tile) == -1;
    return true;
    return false;


1 Answer

Samuel Ferree
Samuel Ferree
31,722 Points

You're declaring it twice, and also have two return statements.

You just need to declare it, assign it, and return it once.

public boolean hasTile(char tile) {
  //declare our variable to hold the true/false result
  boolean hasTile;

  //hasTile is false if the index of the tile is -1, true otherwise
  hasTile = tiles.indexOf(tile) >= 0;

  //return the true/false value we declared
  return hasTile;

You could also do this with fewer lines of code

public boolean hasTile(char tile) {
  //If the index of the tile is not -1, then the user has that tile.
  return tiles.indexOf(tile) >= 0;