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  1. Thanks for your help guys but I fixed it by using the following code in the initialisation method: [code]for (int i = 0; i!=60; i++) { pstations[i] = new Power_Station(); }[/code]
  2. Sorry for the late reply... I think it has something to do with how I am initializing the class array: Class Code: [code]public class Power_Station { public int health = 100; public int level = 0; public int x = 0; public int y = 0; public void SetLevel(int lvl) { level = lvl; } public int GetHealth() { return health; } public int GetLevel() { return level; } public void setx(int newx) { x = newx; } public void sety(int newy) { y = newy; } public int Getx() { return x; } public int Gety() { return y; } }[/code] Initialisation code: [code] Power_Station[] pstations; pstations = new Power_Station[60]; [/code]
  3. [quote name='ApochPiQ' timestamp='1323813048' post='4893641'] Which line of code, specifically, is halting with the error? [/quote] [color=#000088]if[/color][color=#000000] [/color][color=#666600]([/color][color=#000000]pst[/color][color=#666600].[/color][color=#660066]Getx[/color][color=#666600]()[/color][color=#000000] [/color][color=#666600]==[/color][color=#000000] x [/color][color=#666600]&&[/color][color=#000000] pst[/color][color=#666600].[/color][color=#660066]Gety[/color][color=#666600]()[/color][color=#000000] [/color][color=#666600]==[/color][color=#000000] y[/color][color=#666600])[/color]
  4. [center][size="2"]Any Help Appreciated - Thanks in advance.[/size][/center][center] [/center][center][size="2"]ERROR MESSAGE:[/size][/center][center][size="2"]Object reference not set to an instance of an object.[/size][/center][center] [/center][center][size="2"]TRIGGER:[/size][/center][center][size="2"]The code running the update map sequence.[/size][/center] [center][size="2"]LANGUAGE:[/size][/center][size="2"][center]C#[/center][/size] [size="2"][b][u]Code:[/u][/b][/size] [code]switch (layer2[x, y]) { case 1: int health; int level; foreach (Power_Station pst in pstations) { if (pst.Getx() == x && pst.Gety() == y) { health = pst.GetHealth(); level = pst.GetLevel(); spriteBatch.Draw(power, texturerect, Color.White); spriteBatch.DrawString(font1, health.ToString(), new Vector2(x, y + 20), Color.White); } } break; case 2: spriteBatch.Draw(market, texturerect, Color.White); break; default: break; }[/code]
  5. Ok after some research I found some stuff out so I thought I would share it: Say banana is your custom class. Dim bananasgroup(10) as banana banana(0).juicy = 1 banana(3).juicy = 3 Then to save this array... For each i as new banana in bananasgroup Save(i.juicy) next i Where save is your function, hope this clears some stuff up, it certainly did for me
  6. OK so i'm working on a programming project and for it I have to use a custom class, After an object of the class has been created it needs to be added to something like an array where I can access it and get its personalized properties back Is this possible ? Thanks
  7. I am using the express edition and I can't seem to find it?
  8. BTW I am using visual studio 2010
  9. *Urgent* I have developed an application for someone doing work but I am using a 64 bit machine so it automatically exported as a 64 bit executable. Is there an option to compile into a 32 bit executable so that it can be run on 32 bit machines ? Thanks
  10. You need to concentrate all your effort in to one programming language that sorted. When you have done that then you can start moving on to different languages such as Java. This is the hardest part of learning programming, not going off course. My suggestion is that you stick with the one and have the other for when you are confident with the first. However if you feel like you are making good progress in both languages at the same time then by all means carry on, but you have to ask your self whether you are just learning the language or REALLY LEARNING it and UNDERSTANDING it. Hope this helps mate
  11. Ok I just don't think it was worth a thumbs down because it has some relevance...
  12. Why Has my post been voted down when I am only trying to help the guy so he doesn't buy some tablet that can't work with the images you need ? [quote name='PREDATOR_UK' timestamp='1305223290' post='4809872'] make sure that the tablet is able to produce images/models in the right format [/quote]
  13. We all know how you feel ;(
  14. 1) Mobility - Is he able to take it to his work place easily? 2) Connectivity - Is he able to connect to the internet or even 3g if he needs to? 3) Ergonomic value - Is he able to use it with ease? 4) Power - Does it do what he wants done? Get those right and you can't go wrong