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    Illegal start of expression on my method


    i got an error on my method pls pls. help me to solve it
    below is my code i get the following
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    Welcome To Snakes And Ladders


    Instructions:
    This program will simulate a regular snakes and ladders game, where you will be
    facing the computer. You and the computer start at square 1, and the first one to
    square 100 wins, however, there will be preset squares which will be the snakes or ladders.
    Exception in thread "main" java.lang.RuntimeException: Uncompilable source code - illegal start of expression
    Once you land on top of a snake you go down a few squares, and move up if you land
    on the bottom of a ladder. Good Luck and Have FUN!!!
    -----------------------------------------------------Game Board-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    at snakes_and_ladders.Snakes_and_Ladders.main(Snakes_and_Ladders.java:96)
    Java Result: 1
    BUILD SUCCESSFUL (total time: 4 seconds)

    ---------------------------------
    Code:
    /*  * To change this template, choose Tools | Templates  * and open the template in the editor.  */ package snakes_and_ladders; import java.io.*; // used to allow user to input data /**  *  * @author Mirriam  */ public class Snakes_and_Ladders {      /**      * @param args the command line arguments      */     public static void main(String[] args)throws IOException {        BufferedReader myInput2 = new BufferedReader (new InputStreamReader (System.in));      // Print the welcome screen and instructions      System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t\t\tWelcome To Snakes And Ladders\n\n");      System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t\t\t\tInstructions:");      System.out.println ("\t\t\t This program will simulate a regular snakes and ladders game, where you will be");      System.out.println ("\t\t\t facing the computer. You and the computer start at square 1, and the first one to");      System.out.println ("\t\t\t square 100 wins, however, there will be preset squares which will be the snakes or ladders.");      System.out.println ("\t\t\t Once you land on top of a snake you go down a few squares, and move up if you land");      System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t\t\t on the bottom of a ladder. Good Luck and Have FUN!!!");           int counter= 100,iteration=-1; // sets the counter and iteration vaiables to be used in making the board      System.out.println ("-----------------------------------------------------Game Board-----------------------------------------------------------------------------");        /*      This while loop makes the board for the player to visualize what the      game looks like, it uses a counter to increment or decrement by 1.      It will also subtract by 9 or 10 when necessary to create a board      exactly like the one given.          */      while (counter > 0){// start while        if (counter%10 == 0 && counter != 100){// checks if the counter is at a 90, or 80... if(iteration==-1) {   // subtract 9 from the counter   // and sets it to start adding by one   counter-=9;   iteration=1; } else {   System.out.print(counter+"\t");   counter-=10;   iteration=-1; // set the counter to start subtract by ones } if(counter!=0){ System.out.print("\n" + counter + "\t"); // just prints out the counter with a line breck        } else {        System.out.print(counter + "\t"); // just prints out the counter       counter+=iteration; // sets counter to add by iteration      }// end while System.out.println();      System.out.println ("----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------");                     String sGame = "y"; // decare variable used to ask user if he wants to play          System.out.print ("Do you want to play? Y or N     >  "); // ask user if we wants to play the game      sGame = myInput2.readLine (); // reads the user's input into the variable sGame      System.out.print ("\n\n\n\n\n\n");        // While the user says yes, go to startGame method      // startGame is fuction type method, which start the game      while (sGame.equals ("y") || sGame.equals ("Y"))      {      sGame = startGame(sGame); // give startGame a variable to work with      }      System.out.println ("\n\n\n\n\t\t\t\t\t\tSEE YA!!");        } //end main method           //-------------------------------------------------------------------startGame Method------------------------------------------------------------------------------     /*    startGame method:      This method is responsible for organizing the game, asking the user to continue playing,    and setting the important varibales. It will also return a vaule to the main method, which    will reset the game so the user can play again.    */   public static int startGame (String start) throws IOException // Recieves data from the main method   {// start startGame method          BufferedReader myInput = new BufferedReader (new InputStreamReader (System.in));          // sets important variables for the game      // NOTE: These variables will change as the game progresses          int userPosition = 1; // sets the default loaction for user's piece to 1      int compPosition = 1; // sets the default loaction for computer's piece to 1      int diceRoll = 0; // creates the first die      int diceRoll2 = 0; // creates the second die      int userRoll = 1; // declares what the user rolled      int compRoll = 1; // declares what the computer rolled          String playAgain = "y"; // sets the play again variable                // declare all the snakes and ladders in a array        int snakesLaddersArray [] = new int [6]; // create a 6 element array      // store the snakes and ladders location in the array      snakesLaddersArray [0] = 54;      snakesLaddersArray [1] = 90;      snakesLaddersArray [2] = 99;      snakesLaddersArray [3] = 9;      snakesLaddersArray [4] = 40;      snakesLaddersArray [5] = 67;         while (playAgain.equals ("y") || playAgain.equals ("Y")) // loops while the playAgaim vaiable equals "y" or "Y".       {// start playAgain While    // gets the dice roll for user and computer  userRoll =  getDice(diceRoll, diceRoll2); // sends data to a function type method called getDice  compRoll =  getDice(diceRoll, diceRoll2); // does the same for the computer  System.out.println("---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------");  System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t\t------------------------------------------");  System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t\t|\tYou Rolled a " + userRoll + "\t\t|"); // print the roll the user got  System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t\t|\tThe Computer Rolled a " + compRoll + "\t|"); // print the roll the computer got  System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t\t------------------------------------------");        // hold the user's last position for switching back if current position was greater than 100  userPosition = userPosition + userRoll;   // hold the computer's last position for switching back if current position was greater than 100          compPosition = compPosition + compRoll;      // check to see if user landed on top of a snake or at the bottom of a ladder  // give getP parameters to work with, and recieve a final value which can be printed out  userPosition = getP(userPosition, userRoll, snakesLaddersArray);    // The same goes for compPosition, however compgetP gets an additional  // parameter (userPosition) to check if user has already won          compPosition = compgetP(compPosition, compRoll, snakesLaddersArray, userPosition);   System.out.println("\t\t\t*************************************************************************");                        System.out.println ("\t\t\t*\t\tYou are currently on square " + userPosition + "\t\t\t*"); // print out the user's current location    System.out.println ("\t\t\t*\t\tThe Computer is currently on square " + compPosition + "\t\t*"); // print out the computer's current location  System.out.println("\t\t\t*************************************************************************");         // resets the position values, if the user or the computer won   // so that the user could play the entire game again if he/she wanted to            if (userPosition == 100 || compPosition == 100)    {      userPosition = 1;      compPosition = 1;      // asks the user if we wants to play again      System.out.print ("Do you want to play? Y or N     >  ");      playAgain = myInput.readLine ();      System.out.print ("\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n");    }    else    {     // asks the user if we wants to continue playing     System.out.print ("Do you want to play? Y or N     >  ");     playAgain = myInput.readLine ();      }              }// end playAgain While      return playAgain; // returns prameter "playAgain" to main: if the user wants to play the game again   }// end startGame method       //-------------------------------------------------------------------geDice Method------------------------------------------------------------------------------    /*     getDice method:       This method generates two random numbers bewteen 1 and 6, then     adds them to get a final roll. Next it returns the value to be     diplayed on the screen.    */   public static int getDice (int diceRoll, int diceRoll2)   {// start getDies class     diceRoll = (int)(Math.random()*6 )+1 ; //creates dice roll number 1     diceRoll2 = (int)(Math.random()*6 )+1 ; //creates dice roll number 2     int move = diceRoll + diceRoll2; // adds the two dice rolls to get a final move     return move; // return parameter move: this will give the final dice roll back to startGame   }// end getDice class     //-------------------------------------------------------------------getP Method------------------------------------------------------------------------------   /*     getP method:       This method is responsible for checking if the USER is on     top of a snake, or at the bottom of a ladder, and then     adjusting the user's position to mathch the snake or     ladders value.    */    public static int getP (int userPosition, int userRoll, int snakesLaddersArray []) throws IOException // recieves two parameter from startGame   {// start getP          if(userPosition == snakesLaddersArray[0]) //if position equals snake 1  {             userPosition = 19; // set new position  System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t~~~~~~~~~~~~~You Got Bit By A Snake, GO DOWN!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~");           }  else if (userPosition == snakesLaddersArray[1]) //if position equals snake 2  {    userPosition = 48; // set new position   System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t~~~~~~~~~~~~~You Got Bit By A Snake, GO DOWN!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~");         }  else if (userPosition == snakesLaddersArray[2]) //if position equals snake 3  {     userPosition = 77; // set new position                                        System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t~~~~~~~~~~~~~You Got Bit By A Snake, GO DOWN!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~");                    }  else if (userPosition == snakesLaddersArray[3]) //if position equals ladder 1  {               userPosition = 34; // set new position     System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t~~~~~~~~~~~~~You Got A Ladder!! GO UP!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~");             }    else if (userPosition == snakesLaddersArray[4]) //if position equals ladder 2    {         userPosition = 64; // set new position     System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t~~~~~~~~~~~~~You Got A Ladder!! GO UP!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~");     }    else if (userPosition == snakesLaddersArray[5]) //if position equals ladder 3    {          userPosition = 86; // set new position     System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t~~~~~~~~~~~~~You Got A Ladder!! GO UP!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~");        }      if (userPosition < 0 || userPosition > 112) // This is ab ERROR TRAP to catch any unwanted system errors that may occur by chance    {     System.out.println ("An error has occured please reset the game!!!!!!");    }     else if (userPosition > 100) // checks if user's location if greater then a 100  {    userPosition = userPosition - userRoll; // subtract userRoll from the userposition to get back old position    System.out.println ("OHHH You cant jump, you must land on a 100"); // print out the users current location   }  else if (userPosition == 100)  {      System.out.println ("YOU WON, GOOD JOB!!!"); // print out that the user won      }             return userPosition; // return the final position to starGame: this position had gone through all checks and test and can be displayed on screen   }// end getP             //-------------------------------------------------------------------compgetP Method------------------------------------------------------------------------------       /*     compgetP method:       This method is responsible for checking if the COMPUTER is on     top of a snake, or at the bottom of a ladder, and then     adjusting the compuer's position to mathch the snakes or     ladders value.    */       public static int compgetP (int compPosition, int compRoll, int snakesLaddersArray [], int userPosition) throws IOException   {// start compgetP        // NOTE: this method is similar to getP, so the comments are the same for both!!       // Look at getP's commments if you need help         if(compPosition == snakesLaddersArray[0])  {             compPosition = 19; System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t~~~~~~~~~~~~~Computer Got Bit By A Snake, HE WENT GO DOWN!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~");    }  else if (compPosition == snakesLaddersArray[1])  {    compPosition = 48; System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t~~~~~~~~~~~~~Computer Got Bit By A Snake, HE WENT GO DOWN!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~");   }  else if (compPosition == snakesLaddersArray[2])  {     compPosition = 77; System.out.println ("\t\t\t\t~~~~~~~~~~~~~Computer Got Bit By A Snake, HE WENT GO DOWN!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~");  }  else if (compPosition == snakesLaddersArray[3])  {     compPosition = 34;   System.out.println ("Computer Got TO A Ladder, HE WENT UP!!!");  }    else if (compPosition == snakesLaddersArray[4])    {     compPosition = 64;    System.out.println ("Computer Got TO A Ladder, HE WENT UP!!!");      }    else if (compPosition == snakesLaddersArray[5])    {     compPosition = 86;    System.out.println ("Computer Got TO A Ladder, HE WENT UP!!!");            }       if (compPosition < 0 || compPosition > 112) //  ERROR TRAP to catch any unwanted system errors that may occur by chance    {     System.out.println ("An error has occured for the computer, please reset the game!!!!!!");    }      else if (compPosition > 100) // checks if computers's location if greater then a 100  {     compPosition = compPosition - compRoll; // get old position     System.out.println ("THE COMPUTER CAN'T JUMP!!! He must land on a 100"); // give message that the computer cant jump   }  else if (compPosition == 100 && userPosition != 100)  {      System.out.println ("THE COMPUTER WON, YOU FAILED!!!"); // print out that the computer won                }         return compPosition; // return the final position to starGame: this position had gone through all checks and test and can be displayed on screen   } // end compgetPy     }
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    You can get errors like that when the {}s are not located in the correct place. There are lots of other causes for it.
    If the error message points at line 96, look at the code before line 96.

    Please edit the code in your post so that all the statements are not on one line.
    Add some comments to the code showing where line 96 is.
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    yes..


    i can't format my code in this to view it clearly.. can i get you email to sent the code..


    thanks..
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    Try again. Everyone else is able to post code here that is formatted properly.
    What program are you using to edit your source?
    Try using another editor that you can copy from and paste it here with proper formatting.

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