CS173: Intro to Computer Science - File I/O

Activity Goals

The goals of this activity are:
  1. To interface with the hard drive or console for user input
  2. To catch exceptions and respond appropriately

The Activity


Consider the activity models and answer the questions provided. First reflect on these questions on your own briefly, before discussing and comparing your thoughts with your group. Appoint one member of your group to discuss your findings with the class, and the rest of the group should help that member prepare their response. Answer each question individually from the activity on the Class Activity Questions discussion board. After class, think about the questions in the reflective prompt and respond to those individually in your notebook. Report out on areas of disagreement or items for which you and your group identified alternative approaches. Write down and report out questions you encountered along the way for group discussion.

Model 1: User Input with the Scanner


  1. What is System.in?
  2. How would you use the scanner object to ask the user to enter their grade in the class; keep asking them to enter their grade until it is an A, B, C, D, or F.
  3. The Scanner class also includes a function called nextInt which returns a numeric value from the user. Write a program to ask the user to pick a number from 1 to 10 (again, keep prompting them until the value is within this range)!

Model 2: File Input


  1. What do you think try and throws mean?
  2. What happens if a file path that doesn't exist (or that you don't have permission to open) is passed to your function? Try it and find out!
  3. What do you think System.err does?


Submit your answers to the questions using the Class Activity Questions discussion board. You may also respond to questions or comments made by others, or ask follow-up questions there. Answer any reflective prompt questions in the Reflective Journal section of your OneNote Classroom personal section.