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Java Source code: How to Add numbers inside an Array Using Recursion

Updated on October 31, 2013

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Add numbers inside An Array

The following codes is a Java source code on adding numbers inside the array. This is just a short program and also a very simple one to illustrate how an array works in Java programming language. I will also upload the code that uses for loop so that you can compare source codes on which you prepare the most, though in my own opinion I prepare looping in for loop but for the sake of knowledge lets learn another looping mechanism which is recursion. Here is the codes,

Java Source code: How to Add Numbers inside an Array Using Recursion

//Java source codes on adding numbers inside the array using recursion

//java class

public class Array
    public static int array( int[] arr, int first, int last)
      //  int sum = 0;
        if(arr[first] == arr[last])/* must be if(first == last),but try this one too, study the code, it is interesting */
           return arr[first];
           return arr[first] + array(arr, first+1, last);


//main class

import java.util.Scanner;

public class Main

    public static void main(String[] args)
        Scanner input = new Scanner(;
        System.out.print("Enter the size of the input you want to enter: ");
        int size = input.nextInt();
        int[] numArr = new int[size];

        System.out.print("Enter "+ size +" numbers: ");
        for(int i=0; i<numArr.length; i++)

        System.out.print("The sum of the numbers is: "+   Array.array(numArr, 0 , size-1) );


Sample Output

Enter the size of the input you want to enter: 5

Enter 5 numbers: 3 46 50 34 150

The sum of the numbers is: 283

Since, I used static on my java method, I did not declare an object to call the class Array on the main class to access the method, simply code it on that way and it will run.


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      Rasna Aisha 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @ John

      Thanks for stopping by, I will check it out :)


      Nah, lols, no, I am just a wannabe programmer. But well, I wish I could teach in the future, thanks for voting it up, sharing and rating it dwachira. ;)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Mastering how to work with loops and arrays is a must for the would be programmers. I'm glad you shared these basics here. By the way, could you be teaching Java? Just curious. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Rasna Aisha 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi CovexLy,

      You're right actually, the base case should be like that.

      But I suggest that you please try the codes above, try to enter numbers that the first index and the last index are the same,it will give you the right answer as if the algorithm is correct.

      Nah, recursion is really interesting, I entered the numbers you have given above and the program answers 87 which is right and another group of numbers.

      1 2 3 2 1

      The program answers 9.

      Though I overlooked that if statement, but this is fun, hope you'll share you expertise, please do reply back...

      For other java programmers, you may want to participate in this and give your ideas, that would be really highly appreciated.

      By the way, Thank you covexly for stopping here and commenting...:)

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      CovexLy 6 years ago

      Hey, i was looking through this and i found an error(?) in the code.

      Doesn't this:

      if(arr[first] == arr[last])

      screw up if you for example choose: 15 22 35 15

      whereas the first and the last number is the same?

      Or in any case where the last number is the same as any other number.

      I believe it oughta be something like:

      if(first == last)