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I am trying to use Graphics.drawString() in a java.awt.Panel and I am having trouble.  I have a Panel on my applet, and when the user's mouse enters the Panel, I want to draw a String of text in the panel.  How do I do this?
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Are you using JDK 1.02 or JDK 1.1?
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JDK 1.1
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What kind of problems are you having? Are you using a MouseEventListener to detect the mouse moving into the Panel?
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Yes, it detects when the mouse moves into the panel successfully, that I checked.  But when I make a call to g.drawString(), nothing happens...
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When doing GUI programming, direct updates to graphics are generally not recommended.  The problem is that the kernel will, at certain times, insist on refreshing the screen by calling update().

Now, the default implementation of update() clears the graphics region to the background and then invokes paint().  The default paint() method for Panel simply updates its child components.

This means that your text could be erased immediately!

A better approach might be to store the desired text and have it drawn on your Panel (once defined) in the paint method.
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