# Java: Extract the first digit from an integer

## Java Method: Exercise-20 with Solution

Write a Java method for extracting the first digit from a positive or negative integer.

**Pictorial Presentation:**

Sample data:

(1234) ->1

(-2345) ->2

**Sample Solution:**

**Java Code:**

```
import java.util.Scanner;
public class Main {
public static void main(String[] args)
{
Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
System.out.print("Input an integer(positive/negative):");
int n = in.nextInt();
System.out.print("Extract the first digit from the said integer:\n");
System.out.print(test(n));
}
public static int test(int n){
int fact_num = 10;
while(n / fact_num != 0){
fact_num *= 10;
}
return Math.abs(n / (fact_num/10));
}
}
```

Sample Output:

Input an integer(positive/negative): 1234 Extract the first digit from the said integer: 1

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## Java: Tips of the Day

**DropElements**

Removes elements in an array until the passed function returns true. Returns the remaining elements in the array.

Loop through the array, using Arrays.copyOfRange() to drop the first element of the array until the returned value from the function is true. Returns the remaining elements.

public static int[] dropElements(int[] elements, IntPredicate condition) { while (elements.length > 0 && !condition.test(elements[0])) { elements = Arrays.copyOfRange(elements, 1, elements.length); } return elements; }

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