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BJP3 Exercise 10.2: swapPairs

Added by: Marty Stepp on 2013/04/01
Language: Java
Keywords: ArrayList, collections

Write a method swapPairs that switches the order of values in an ArrayList of Strings in a pairwise fashion. Your method should switch the order of the first two values, then switch the order of the next two, switch the order of the next two, and so on. For example, if the list initially stores these values: {"four", "score", "and", "seven", "years", "ago"} your method should switch the first pair, "four", "score", the second pair, "and", "seven", and the third pair, "years", "ago", to yield this list: {"score", "four", "seven", "and", "ago", "years"}

If there are an odd number of values in the list, the final element is not moved. For example, if the original list had been: {"to", "be", "or", "not", "to", "be", "hamlet"} It would again switch pairs of values, but the final value, "hamlet" would not be moved, yielding this list: {"be", "to", "not", "or", "be", "to", "hamlet"}

Method problem: For this problem, you are supposed to write a Java method as described. You should not write a complete Java class; just write the method(s) described in the problem statement.

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