Java – Exam Problem – Largest 3 Rectangles + Some Eclipse Shortcuts

As you have probably noticed, this is probably my 5th or article, concerning Java Exam problems from the SoftUni. Today, I will take a deeper look into a problem, which is supposed to calculate the best sum of triangles. The problem description is available here. Before going into the solution, I simply want to put 6 eclipse shortcuts, which may be useful for those who struggle with this platform. The tricky thing in Eclipse is that you should put a BreakPoint, in order to start the step by step debug. It took me quite a lot of time to learn it:

Shortcut Key


F5 Step Into the Function
F6 Next Step (as F8 in VBA)
F7 Step Out of the Function
F8 Go to next Breakpoint (as F5 in VBA)
ALT + Shift + D + J Debug Java Application
Ctrl+ Shift + F Auto Format

I have tried the Excel shortcuts and I really learned quite a few from there – check my advanced list.

Back to the Java Problem – we have the following input and output requirements (copy + paste from the problem description):




[3×3][3×2][4×3][1×4][5×3][3×1] 31 4*3+1*4+5*3=31

What we need to do is to find a way to read the input line and to calculate the highest sum of consecutive triangles. Quite trivial, but the input seems to be problematic – we have three signs, which seem to be a little useless and still we need them to differentiate the triangles – ‘[‘ ‘x’ ‘]’.

As far as I was not able to solve the problem myself, I decided to take the original solution and to analyse it a little:

Here is what we do:

  • We read the first line;
  • We remove the empty spaces and the ‘[‘ sign from the string we have read;
  • We split the string using the ‘]’ as a divider;
  • We initialize an array ‘areas’, with the length of the splitted units of the array ‘rects’;
  • With the first for loop we fill the integer array areas with the result from the multiplication of the first side * second side;
  • Once we have this, it is easier – we have the numbers in array and we should select the three highest consecutive;
  • Due to the fact, that the minimum number of triangles is 3, it means that we should start our second for loop from 2;
  • Thus, we sum one by one, recording the highest result in the variable ‘max’;
  • Once the loop is over, we print the variable ‘max’;

So long!

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