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I am doing this assignment in my Java class. I have never done any programming in my past so I am a complete beginner. I have typed up a program that will ask for employee name, the hourly rate, and the number of hours worked. The program needs to run in a loop unless "stop" is typed as the employee name. There are no errors in my code and it builds/runs OKAY except for the fact that it doesn't stop running when stop is typed into employee name. I have reviewed my code and did some research online but I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong here.

package payrollprogrampart2;

import java.util.Scanner;

public class PayrollProgramPart2 {    //declares class

    public static void main(String[] args) 
        Scanner input = new Scanner(;
        String cleanInputBuffer;
        String employeeName;
        double hourlyRate = -1d;
        double hoursWorked = -1d;
        double weeklyPay;
        boolean end = false; //is the input name stop?
        while( end == false ) //as long as end is false, continue
            System.out.print("Enter employee name or enter stop to quit: ");
            employeeName = input.nextLine();
            if( employeeName.toLowerCase().equals("stop"))
                end = true;
                    while(hourlyRate < 0)
                        System.out.print("Enter a positive hourly rate: $");
                        hourlyRate = input.nextDouble();
                    while(hoursWorked < 0)
                        System.out.print( "Enter a positive number of hours worked: ");
                        hoursWorked = input.nextDouble();
                    weeklyPay = hourlyRate * hoursWorked;
                    System.out.printf( "The employee %s was paid $ %.2f this week", employeeName, weeklyPay);
                    cleanInputBuffer = input.nextLine();

Here is the output:

Enter employee name or enter stop to quit: Kayla
Enter a positive hourly rate: $11
Enter a positive number of hours worked: 80
The employee Kayla was paid $ 880.00 this weekEnter employee name or enter stop to quit: stop
The employee stop was paid $ 880.00 this weekstop
BUILD SUCCESSFUL (total time: 15 seconds)

How can I get the program to skip to a next line when asking for second employee name? Also, when I type stop into employee name, it doesn't stop the program and it gives me the amount from the previous employee but names the employee stop. Why is this? I am so confused!! :[

1 solution

1. to exit a loop, use break, e.g.
if( employeeName.toLowerCase().equals("stop"))
      // end = true;
      break; // exit the while loop

while(hourlyRate < 0)

while(hoursWorked < 0)

are always true when they are given positive value the previous time.
use do...while instead, e.g.
do {
      System.out.print("Enter a positive hourly rate: $");
      hourlyRate = input.nextDouble();
} while (hourlyRate < 0)
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