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Big Integer demo

import java.math.BigInteger;
import java.util.ArrayList;

 * Copyright (c) 2000 David Flanagan.  All rights reserved.
 * This code is from the book Java Examples in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition.
 * It is provided AS-IS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY either expressed or implied.
 * You may study, use, and modify it for any non-commercial purpose.
 * You may distribute it non-commercially as long as you retain this notice.
 * For a commercial use license, or to purchase the book (recommended),
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 * This program computes and displays the factorial of a number specified on the
 * command line. It handles possible user input errors with try/catch.
public class FactComputer {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    // Try to compute a factorial.
    // If something goes wrong, handle it in the catch clause below.
    try {
      int x = Integer.parseInt(args[0]);
      System.out.println(x + "! = " + Factorial4.factorial(x));
    // The user forgot to specify an argument.
    // Thrown if args[0] is undefined.
    catch (ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException e) {
      System.out.println("You must specify an argument");
      System.out.println("Usage: java FactComputer <number>");
    // The argument is not a number. Thrown by Integer.parseInt().
    catch (NumberFormatException e) {
      System.out.println("The argument you specify must be an integer");
    // The argument is < 0. Thrown by Factorial4.factorial()
    catch (IllegalArgumentException e) {
      // Display the message sent by the factorial() method:
      System.out.println("Bad argument: " + e.getMessage());

 * This version of the program uses arbitrary precision integers, so it does not
 * have an upper-bound on the values it can compute. It uses an ArrayList object
 * to cache computed values instead of a fixed-size array. An ArrayList is like
 * an array, but can grow to any size. The factorial() method is declared
 * "synchronized" so that it can be safely used in multi-threaded programs. Look
 * up java.math.BigInteger and java.util.ArrayList while studying this class.
 * Prior to Java 1.2, use Vector instead of ArrayList

class Factorial4 {
  protected static ArrayList table = new ArrayList(); // create cache
  static { // Initialize the first element of the cache with !0 = 1.

  /** The factorial() method, using BigIntegers cached in a ArrayList */
  public static synchronized BigInteger factorial(int x) {
    if (x < 0)
      throw new IllegalArgumentException("x must be non-negative.");
    for (int size = table.size(); size <= x; size++) {
      BigInteger lastfact = (BigInteger) table.get(size - 1);
      BigInteger nextfact = lastfact.multiply(BigInteger.valueOf(size));
    return (BigInteger) table.get(x);

   * A simple main() method that we can use as a standalone test program for
   * our factorial() method.
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    for (int i = 0; i <= 50; i++)
      System.out.println(i + "! = " + factorial(i));


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