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 Is there anyone who can tell me how to call function on the parent window?
 For the following example: doDelete() can not be accessed inside the deleteDialog.
 
 //payment.java
 public class payment extends Frame implements ActionListener
 {
     . . .  

  public void doDelete() throws SQLException
  {  
      query = "DELETE FROM customer WHERE ID ="+txtID.getText();          
      s = c.createStatement();
      s.execute(query);
      doNew(); //set all TextFields empty
      c.commit();
      s.close();                
  }

  public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
  {
       if (e.getSource() == btnDelete)
       {
           if(!txtID.getText().equals(""))
           {                    
               deleteDialog dialog = new deleteDialog(this);
               dialog.show();
           }                                  
       }
  }
   
    . . .
 }

 //deleteDialog.java

 public class deleteDialog extends Dialog{
   public deleteDialog(Frame parent){
   super(parent, "Delete Record", true);
   . . .
   }
   public boolean handleEvent(Event event){  
       if(event.id==Event.ACTION_EVENT && event.target==yes)
       {
            doDelete();       //function on the parent window
            setVisible(false);
       }
       . . .
    }
 }
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Question by:leeann
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Expert Comment

by:awilkins
ID: 1232311
Have you tried
                     payment.doDelete();
instead of simply doDelete();?
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Author Comment

by:leeann
ID: 1232312
If payment.doDelete() instead of doDelete(), got a compiler error message:
deleteDialog.java: Can't make static reference to method void doDelete() in
class payment
             payment.doDelete();
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Expert Comment

by:imladris
ID: 1232313
Save the reference to the parent and use that:



 //deleteDialog.java

    public class deleteDialog extends Dialog{
      payment pp;
      public deleteDialog(Frame parent){
      super(parent, "Delete Record", true);
      pp=parent;
      . . .
      }
      public boolean handleEvent(Event event){  
          if(event.id==Event.ACTION_EVENT && event.target==yes)
          {
               pp.doDelete();       //function on the parent window
               setVisible(false);
          }
          . . .
       }
    }

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Author Comment

by:leeann
ID: 1232314
Imladris,
Sorry! Here was the error message:
deleteDialog.java: Incompatible type for =. Explicit cast needed to convert
java.awt.Frame to payment.
                                  pp = parent;
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imladris earned 240 total points
ID: 1232315
Yes, of course. Try this: 


//deleteDialog.java

    public class deleteDialog extends Dialog{
      payment pp;
      public deleteDialog(Frame parent){
      super(parent, "Delete Record", true);
      pp=(payment)parent;
      . . .
      }
      public boolean handleEvent(Event event){   
          if(event.id==Event.ACTION_EVENT && event.target==yes)
          {
               pp.doDelete();       //function on the parent window
               setVisible(false);
          }
          . . .
       }
    }
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Expert Comment

by:imladris
ID: 1232316
parent was declared as a Frame in the constructor. payment is a subclass of frame, and so, although it can be converted, Java will not do so automatically.

You can use a subclass of an object silently (for instance when you passed payment as a Frame) since you are promising less (payment has more stuff than Frame, so to pass it off as a Frame is safe; it will have all of Frames properties and more).

But you can't use a superclass of an object silently, since you would be promissing more (ditto, i.e. for a Frame to be a payment, it will need extra methods etc.). So to assign parent to pp, you must do an explicit cast, which allows the JVM to check whether parent is in fact a payment or not.

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Expert Comment

by:imladris
ID: 1232317
In retrospect that probably wasn't an incredibly clear explanation. Let me put it this way instead:

payment is a subclass of Frame. Therefore payment is a superset of Frame in terms of the methods and variables it provides.

So it is safe to use a payment instead of a Frame (since a payment can provide everything a Frame can).

However, you can't use a Frame instead of a payment, since a Frame won't have all the methods of a payment (like doDelete).
But if the Frame you have is referring to what is actually a payment, you can cast it to a payment (which allows the JVM to verify this), and then use it.

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Author Comment

by:leeann
ID: 1232318
Hi! imladris,
Good news was no more compiler errors, but got error messages during running
time when clicked the button "Delete" on payment.

Exception occurred during event dispatching:
java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: deleteDialog:method <init><Ljava/lang/String;>V not
found.
       at payment.actionPerformed(payment.java:256)
       at java.awt.Button.processActionEvent(Button.java:248)
       at java.awt.Button.processEvent(Button.java:221)
       at java.awt.Component.dispatchEventImpl(Component.java:2041)
       at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(Component.java:195)
       at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(EventQueue.java:167)
       at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(EventDispatchThread.java:45)


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Expert Comment

by:imladris
ID: 1232319
It is apparently complaining about this line:               

deleteDialog dialog = new deleteDialog(this);

From the error message it seems to be looking for a constructor for the deleteDialog class (method <init>) that has a string argument (Ljava/lang/String). The line as you quoted seems fine, however java seems to think the argument is a string, as if you have declared a "String this" somewhere, or quoted it (like: deleteDialog("this")).

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Author Comment

by:leeann
ID: 1232320
Imladris, thank you for your big help!
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