Java Exercises: Find the penultimate word of a sentence

Java Basic: Exercise-60 with Solution

Write a Java program to find the penultimate (next to last) word of a sentence.

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Java Basic Exercises: Find the penultimate word of a sentence

Sample Solution:

Java Code:

import java.util.*;
 public class Exercise60 {
     public static void main(String[] args){	
     Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
     System.out.print("Input a Sentence: ");
	 String line = in.nextLine();
	 String[] words = line.split("[ ]+");
	 System.out.println("Penultimate word: "+words[words.length - 2]);

Sample Output:

Input a Sentence: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.         
Penultimate word: lazy


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Execution of console commands:

Java allows you to execute console commands directly from code using a class Runtime. It is very important not to forget about exception handling.

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import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.InputStream;
import java.io.InputStreamReader;
public class ShellCommandExec {
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    String gnomeOpenCommand = "gnome-open //home//user//Documents//MyDoc.pdf";
    try {
      Runtime rt = Runtime.getRuntime();
      Process processObj = rt.exec(gnomeOpenCommand);
      InputStream stdin = processObj.getErrorStream();
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      String myoutput = "";
      while ((myoutput=br.readLine()) != null) {
        myoutput = myoutput+"\n";
    catch (Exception e) {