random syntax

i'm displaying scrolling text on matrix leds i'm trying to randomise the choice of the text but i don't know how to write it .... :blush:

i made functions that calls strings declared like this :

char string3[] = " blabla 3      ";
char string4[] = " blabla 4         ";

... and here i want to random the choice of the 3rd string

  if (buttonState==HIGH) { 
    printStringWithShift(string1, 50);
    printStringWithShift(string2, 50);
    printStringWithShift(string//random ,50);
}

Have you looked at the random() function in the Arduino reference ?

i made functions that calls strings

"strings" cannot be called. Please post your code.

sorry i’m saying it wrong
here is the code

#include <Servo.h>
#include <MaxMatrix.h>
#include <avr/pgmspace.h>

PROGMEM prog_uchar CH[] = {
  3, 8, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // space
  1, 8, B01011111, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // !
  3, 8, B00000011, B00000000, B00000011, B00000000, B00000000, // "
  5, 8, B00010100, B00111110, B00010100, B00111110, B00010100, // #
  4, 8, B00100100, B01101010, B00101011, B00010010, B00000000, // $
  5, 8, B01100011, B00010011, B00001000, B01100100, B01100011, // %
  5, 8, B00110110, B01001001, B01010110, B00100000, B01010000, // &
  1, 8, B00000011, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // '
  3, 8, B00011100, B00100010, B01000001, B00000000, B00000000, // (
  3, 8, B01000001, B00100010, B00011100, B00000000, B00000000, // )
  5, 8, B00101000, B00011000, B00001110, B00011000, B00101000, // *
  5, 8, B00001000, B00001000, B00111110, B00001000, B00001000, // +
  2, 8, B10110000, B01110000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // ,
  4, 8, B00001000, B00001000, B00001000, B00001000, B00000000, // -
  2, 8, B01100000, B01100000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // .
  4, 8, B01100000, B00011000, B00000110, B00000001, B00000000, // /
  4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01000001, B00111110, B00000000, // 0
  3, 8, B01000010, B01111111, B01000000, B00000000, B00000000, // 1
  4, 8, B01100010, B01010001, B01001001, B01000110, B00000000, // 2
  4, 8, B00100010, B01000001, B01001001, B00110110, B00000000, // 3
  4, 8, B00011000, B00010100, B00010010, B01111111, B00000000, // 4
  4, 8, B00100111, B01000101, B01000101, B00111001, B00000000, // 5
  4, 8, B00111110, B01001001, B01001001, B00110000, B00000000, // 6
  4, 8, B01100001, B00010001, B00001001, B00000111, B00000000, // 7
  4, 8, B00110110, B01001001, B01001001, B00110110, B00000000, // 8
  4, 8, B00000110, B01001001, B01001001, B00111110, B00000000, // 9
  2, 8, B01010000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // :
  2, 8, B10000000, B01010000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // ;
  3, 8, B00010000, B00101000, B01000100, B00000000, B00000000, // <
  3, 8, B00010100, B00010100, B00010100, B00000000, B00000000, // =
  3, 8, B01000100, B00101000, B00010000, B00000000, B00000000, // >
  4, 8, B00000010, B01011001, B00001001, B00000110, B00000000, // ?
  5, 8, B00111110, B01001001, B01010101, B01011101, B00001110, // @
  4, 8, B01111110, B00010001, B00010001, B01111110, B00000000, // A
  4, 8, B01111111, B01001001, B01001001, B00110110, B00000000, // B
  4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01000001, B00100010, B00000000, // C
  4, 8, B01111111, B01000001, B01000001, B00111110, B00000000, // D
  4, 8, B01111111, B01001001, B01001001, B01000001, B00000000, // E
  4, 8, B01111111, B00001001, B00001001, B00000001, B00000000, // F
  4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01001001, B01111010, B00000000, // G
  4, 8, B01111111, B00001000, B00001000, B01111111, B00000000, // H
  3, 8, B01000001, B01111111, B01000001, B00000000, B00000000, // I
  4, 8, B00110000, B01000000, B01000001, B00111111, B00000000, // J
  4, 8, B01111111, B00001000, B00010100, B01100011, B00000000, // K
  4, 8, B01111111, B01000000, B01000000, B01000000, B00000000, // L
  5, 8, B01111111, B00000010, B00001100, B00000010, B01111111, // M
  5, 8, B01111111, B00000100, B00001000, B00010000, B01111111, // N
  4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01000001, B00111110, B00000000, // O
  4, 8, B01111111, B00001001, B00001001, B00000110, B00000000, // P
  4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01000001, B10111110, B00000000, // Q
  4, 8, B01111111, B00001001, B00001001, B01110110, B00000000, // R
  4, 8, B01000110, B01001001, B01001001, B00110010, B00000000, // S
  5, 8, B00000001, B00000001, B01111111, B00000001, B00000001, // T
  4, 8, B00111111, B01000000, B01000000, B00111111, B00000000, // U
  5, 8, B00001111, B00110000, B01000000, B00110000, B00001111, // V
  5, 8, B00111111, B01000000, B00111000, B01000000, B00111111, // W
  5, 8, B01100011, B00010100, B00001000, B00010100, B01100011, // X
  5, 8, B00000111, B00001000, B01110000, B00001000, B00000111, // Y
  4, 8, B01100001, B01010001, B01001001, B01000111, B00000000, // Z
  2, 8, B01111111, B01000001, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // [
  4, 8, B00000001, B00000110, B00011000, B01100000, B00000000, // \ backslash
  2, 8, B01000001, B01111111, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // ]
  3, 8, B00000010, B00000001, B00000010, B00000000, B00000000, // hat
  4, 8, B01000000, B01000000, B01000000, B01000000, B00000000, // _
  2, 8, B00000001, B00000010, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // `
  4, 8, B00100000, B01010100, B01010100, B01111000, B00000000, // a
  4, 8, B01111111, B01000100, B01000100, B00111000, B00000000, // b
  4, 8, B00111000, B01000100, B01000100, B00101000, B00000000, // c
  4, 8, B00111000, B01000100, B01000100, B01111111, B00000000, // d
  4, 8, B00111000, B01010100, B01010100, B00011000, B00000000, // e
  3, 8, B00000100, B01111110, B00000101, B00000000, B00000000, // f
  4, 8, B10011000, B10100100, B10100100, B01111000, B00000000, // g
  4, 8, B01111111, B00000100, B00000100, B01111000, B00000000, // h
  3, 8, B01000100, B01111101, B01000000, B00000000, B00000000, // i
  4, 8, B01000000, B10000000, B10000100, B01111101, B00000000, // j
  4, 8, B01111111, B00010000, B00101000, B01000100, B00000000, // k
  3, 8, B01000001, B01111111, B01000000, B00000000, B00000000, // l
  5, 8, B01111100, B00000100, B01111100, B00000100, B01111000, // m
  4, 8, B01111100, B00000100, B00000100, B01111000, B00000000, // n
  4, 8, B00111000, B01000100, B01000100, B00111000, B00000000, // o
  4, 8, B11111100, B00100100, B00100100, B00011000, B00000000, // p
  4, 8, B00011000, B00100100, B00100100, B11111100, B00000000, // q
  4, 8, B01111100, B00001000, B00000100, B00000100, B00000000, // r
  4, 8, B01001000, B01010100, B01010100, B00100100, B00000000, // s
  3, 8, B00000100, B00111111, B01000100, B00000000, B00000000, // t
  4, 8, B00111100, B01000000, B01000000, B01111100, B00000000, // u
  5, 8, B00011100, B00100000, B01000000, B00100000, B00011100, // v
  5, 8, B00111100, B01000000, B00111100, B01000000, B00111100, // w
  5, 8, B01000100, B00101000, B00010000, B00101000, B01000100, // x
  4, 8, B10011100, B10100000, B10100000, B01111100, B00000000, // y
  3, 8, B01100100, B01010100, B01001100, B00000000, B00000000, // z
  3, 8, B00001000, B00110110, B01000001, B00000000, B00000000, // {
  1, 8, B01111111, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // |
  3, 8, B01000001, B00110110, B00001000, B00000000, B00000000, // }
  4, 8, B00001000, B00000100, B00001000, B00000100, B00000000, // ~
};

int data = 11;    // DIN pin of MAX7219 module
int load = 10;    // CS pin of MAX7219 module
int clock = 13;  // CLK pin of MAX7219 module

int maxInUse = 1;    //change this variable to set how many MAX7219's you'll use

MaxMatrix m(data, load, clock, maxInUse); // define module

byte buffer[10];

// active sentenses
char string1[] = " blabla 1    ";
char string2[] = " blabla 2      ";
char string3[] = " blabla 3   o_O ";
char string4[] = " blabla 4   (=O.O=)         ";
char string5[] = " message 5   ";
char string6[] = " message 6          ";


// just for tests
char string7[] = " A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V X W Y Z ";
char string8[] = " a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v x w y z ";
char string9[] = " 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - = ";
char string10[] = " ! @ # $ % ¨ & * ( ) _ + ";
char string11[] = " ' , . ; ~ ] ´ [ | < > : ^ } ` { / ?  ";

char string12[] = " Hello ! ";

const int  buttonPin = 2;
int buttonState = 0;
Servo myservo ; 
int position ; 
int r;

void setup()
{
  m.init(); // module initialize
  m.setIntensity(0); // dot matix intensity 0-15
  pinMode(buttonPin, INPUT); 
  myservo.attach(9);
  myservo.write (position = 0) ; 
}
void moveServoUp (int x){   // move up
  for (position=myservo.read();position<=90;position++){
    myservo.write (position);
    delay (x); 
  } 
}
void moveServoDown (int y){   // move down
  for (position=myservo.read();position>=0;position--){
    myservo.write (position);
    delay (y); 
  } 
}
void printCharWithShift(char c, int shift_speed){
  if (c < 32) return;
  c -= 32;
  memcpy_P(buffer, CH + 7*c, 7);
  m.writeSprite(32, 0, buffer);
  m.setColumn(32 + buffer[0], 0);

  for (int i=0; i<buffer[0]+1; i++) 
  {
    delay(shift_speed);
    m.shiftLeft(false, false);
  }
}

void printStringWithShift(char* s, int shift_speed){ // display scrolling text
  while (*s != 0){
    printCharWithShift(*s, shift_speed);
    s++;
  }
}

void printString(char* s) // just in case of
{
  int col = 0;
  while (*s != 0)
  {
    if (*s < 32) continue;
    char c = *s - 32;
    memcpy_P(buffer, CH + 7*c, 7);
    m.writeSprite(col, 0, buffer);
    m.setColumn(col + buffer[0], 0);
    col += buffer[0] + 1;
    s++;
  }
}
void loop()
{
  buttonState = digitalRead(buttonPin); 
  if (buttonState==HIGH) { 
    printStringWithShift(string1, 50);
    printStringWithShift(string2, 50);
    printStringWithShift(string//random ,50);
    m.clear ();
    moveServoUp (30);
  }
  if (buttonState==LOW) {
    moveServoDown (10);   
  } 
}

So, what's the problem?

the problem is in the whole code above what is the right syntax for this :

if (buttonState==HIGH) { 
    printStringWithShift(string1, 50);
    printStringWithShift(string//random from string2 to string10// ,50);

The syntax is to use two dimensional arrays, or arrays of pointers.
Or use a switch/case.

thanks looks like i got some readings for tonite ;)

that was quite simple i did char* string[] = {" text1 "," text2 "," text3 "}; int r=random(3); printStringWithShift(string[r],50);

thank you for your help

It is always nice to see someone pick up a clue and run with it, instead of hanging around waiting for the exact right answer. Congratulations! (Seriously.)

Amen.