key listener

When I run the following code, a is always 0 regardless of what key is pressed. It doesn't crash, so I assume the syntax is correct. I've tried every combination and permutation of the 1.1.1 options for keys (getKeyChar, getKeyText, etc) and nothing works. Any advice? Really, all I want to do is refresh the screen each time a key is pressed. The keyCode() is just for debugging.

addKeyListener (new KeyAdapter() {
public void keyTyped(KeyEvent e)
{
a=e.getKeyCode();
repaint();
}
});
rbixbyAsked:
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fadlCommented:
Are you sure you have registered the right object as a keyListener ?
If yes then you must include more source code it is
nearly impossible to say what's wrong by seeing on such a small
piece of code {:)
How was 'a' variable declared ?

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rbixbyAuthor Commented:
a is an int in this case, though when I was listening for a char, it was a char and when I was listening for text, it was a string.
I guess it's setting up the key listener that's confusing me. It sounds as if I need additional code to actually get key input. I'll read the chapters I have again and review some code I downloaded from javasoft yesterday. Maybe the answer is in there. If you have any more advice, I'm all ears.
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