I wrote code for inserting 6 contacts on iteration basics. I got error unexpected token 'public'.Please help me, I can't find the error in this code.

public class ContactHandler
    public void List<Contact> getContacts() {
        List<Contact> contactlist = new List<Contact>;
        for ( Integer count = 1; count<=5; count++) {
            contactlist.LastName = ('Richie' + count);
            contactlist.Phone = 9876543210;

    Insert contactlist;
    return contactlist;
ContactHandler ContactObject = new ContactHandler();

How to set the values for sobjects using forloop.

  • looks like you're executing all the lines from developer console, usually you create apex class then invoke the call from developer console.
    – Raul
    Jun 2 '20 at 13:10

Instantiate a new contact object and add values to it and add it to the list like below

Check this link

for ( Integer count = 1; count<=5; count++) {
            contact eachContact = new contact();

            eachContact.LastName = ('Richie' + count);
            eachContact.Phone = 9876543210;
insert contactlist;

As pointed out by nbrown Added answer for the comments part: Phonenumber field is alpha numeric so put it in quotes.

eachContact.Phone = '9876543210';
  • Thanks @RedDevil. Now, its working. But, I got illegal integer error for eachContact.phone = 9875475668; and when I change it as eachContact.phone='9875475668' ; it accepted. What is the difference between these codes.
    – Richie
    Jun 2 '20 at 13:21
  • @Richie, phone number fields in Salesforce are not treated as a number data type, they are strings because they could have leading zeroes and alpha characters in them. developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.api.meta/api/…
    – nbrown
    Jun 2 '20 at 14:01
  • Thanks Brown.Now, I am clear.
    – Richie
    Jun 3 '20 at 10:27
  • @Richie - you may want to mark this as correct answer for the benefit of community. no pressure though
    – RedDevil
    Jun 3 '20 at 10:50

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