Find the smallest word in a string in Java

I'm trying to find the smallest word in a user entered string. This is what I have so far:

import java.util.*;
public static void main(String[] args) {
    Scanner sc = new Scanner(;

    String myText =;
    String[] myWords = myText.split(" ");
    int shortestLength,shortestLocation;



    for (int i=1;i<myWords.length;i++) {
        if ((myWords[i]).length() < shortestLength) {

If I entered "SMALLEST WORD SHOULD BE A", the output should be A but it just gives me the first word of the string. Any ideas?


Your algorithm is fine, but instead of using next():

String myText =;

Which will only read a single token, i.e., the first word, use nextLine(), which will read the entire line:

String myText = sc.nextLine();

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