I am looping and  through an array comparing two bigdecimals:

I am looping and through an array comparing two bigdecimals:
I get the max for valueB only if I have multiple items. not when I have one item why would that be:
val=0;
if (array.compareTo(valueB) > 0) {                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Hi. You were wise to trace the value of n. Your problem seems
to be that the tests succeed (almost always) in the very first
iteration because they truly don't match (where n = 0) and
execution breaks out. You need to adjust the logic. As one
approach, while sticking with your code and not changing it too
much (such as using more efficient int vs Number):
at the very top, define a counter var ct:int = 0;
before the testing loop, define a flag, such as var
flag:boolean = false;
you could then invert the logic in the loop and test for ==
rather than for !=
if you find a match, do--> flag = true;
and break
at the end of testing, use the flag to decide whether to
store the new value
if (!flag) {
// add to array
ct++;
also, use a while loop for controlling the whole thing-->
while(ct < max) { }
to know when you're done
You can also check out the Array functions indexOf() and
some(), to make things more efficient and faster/easier
when you're all done, you can also look into using if (a != b
&& c != d)
for efficiency, instead of nesting them separately
good luck :)

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    STEP 4: if you don't know Perl or AWK then (don't be alarmed...) download AWK (not Perl) and learn it... you can learn the thing in a couple days (maybe even less). It is a very simple and straightforward text processing language, I know non progammers that learned enough in one day to do useful things with it. Using AWK you can easily generate the 120 programs you need from a working template in very little time (a few hours after you've become proficient). By the way, there is AWK, GAWK, NAWK, all pretty much the same thing and all free. The standard manual for AWK is the one written by the authors Aho, Weinberger and Kernigan, about 100 small pages, it's an easy read and no programmer should be without it :) (better than American Express!)
    What you've described sounds just like the thing to use AWK for. I once used AWK to generate 27,000 (that's 27 thousand) lines of COBOL code, debugged and fully tested in 2 days! (testing was automated using AWK too!) It would have taken much longer to just type all that code.
    Anyway, I hope that gives you something to think about and be of some help.
    John.

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