Sorting Strings in an Array by Char

I'm trying to sort a list of strings in array into alphabetical order without using the sort method.

public static String[] sortedAdjectives(String[] original)
    String[] sortedArray;
    int aValue = 65;
    String word = "";
    sortedArray = new String[25];
    for(int i = 0; i <25; i++)
        char c = word.charAt(0);

    return sortedArray;

Is my method, and

public static void main(String[] args) throws FileNotFoundException {
        Scanner names = new Scanner(new File("names.txt"));
        Scanner adjectives = new Scanner(new File("adjectives.txt"));
        String[] adjectiveArray;
        adjectiveArray = new String[25];
        int counter = 0;
        while (counter<25)
            String in =;
            fixCapitalization(in); //method that fixes capitalization

Is where I put the items from the file into an array. I'm getting

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.StringIndexOutOfBoundsException: String index out of range: 0
    at java.lang.String.charAt(Unknown Source)
    at Hmwk.sortedAdjectives(
    at Hmwk.main(

When I try to run my program and I can't figure out where I'm going wrong. If you could point me in the right direction i'd be much appreciative. Thanks for your time.


You have word initialized as an empty string:

String word = "";

Then you are calling charAt(0) on an empty string. Can't do that. Your string needs to be at least longer than 1 character in order to call that method.

You made a little mistake in the for loop. It should probably be word = original[i]; which you did it inversely and makes the word never take the original parameter as reference.

Also a few things to improve here: using arraylist would have better extensibility and avoid erasing repetitive letters.

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