Receiving Events for custom events

Can anyone tell me why the
TestSourceComponent.processEvent() method isn't being called?  And/or what happens (has to happen) when you throw and event on the system event queue in order for me to catch the event.  Or is there a better way of throwing an event so that I can catch it?  It does work if I explicitly call it through the TestMulticaster class.  (This is just for my own test, I realize that the Multicaster is not implemented as it should.  I'm more interested in passing and listening for the message)

here is what I have done

// TestEventListener.java
public interface TestEventListener extends EventListener
{
     public void EventThrown(TestEvent evt);
}

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//TestEvent.java
public class TestEvent extends AWTEvent
{
      public final static int TESTEVENTID = 2000;
        Object _source = null;
        String _Message = null;

     public TestEvent(Object source, String mess)
     {
         super(source, TestEvent.TESTEVENTID);
         _source = source;
         _Message = mess;
     }
     public String getMessage()
     {
         return _Message;
     }
 
     public Object getSource()
     {
           return _source;
     }
}

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//TestMulticaster.java
     private static Vector v = new Vector();
     private static TestMulticaster _Multi = null;

     private TestMulticaster()
     {
     }

     public static TestMulticaster instance()
     {
           if( _Multi == null )
              _Multi = new TestMulticaster();
           return _Multi;
     }
     public static void add(TestEventListener l)
     {
          v.addElement(l);
     }

     public static void remove(TestEventListener l)
     {
          v.removeElement(l);
     }

     public void EventThrown(TestEvent e)
     {
      System.out.println("EventThrown of TestMulticaster.java");
        System.out.println("throwing event to all of the event listeners that were registered");
      Enumeration enum = v.elements();
         while(enum.hasMoreElements())
         {
              ((TestEventListener)enum.nextElement()).EventThrown(e);
         }
     }    
}

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/TestSourceComponent.java
public class TestSourceComponent
{
    public void addTestEventListener(TestEventListener tel)
    {
         TestMulticaster.instance().add(tel);
    }

    public void removeTestEventListener(TestEventListener tel)
    {
         TestMulticaster.instance().remove(tel);
    }

    boolean eventEnabled(AWTEvent e)
    {
        System.out.println("in eventEnabled");
        if (e.getID() == TestEvent.TESTEVENTID)
        {
           System.out.println("Got TestEvent!!!");
           return true;
        }
        return false;
    }      

    protected void processEvent(AWTEvent e)
    {
        System.out.println("in processEvent");
        if (e instanceof TestEvent) {
            System.out.println("instanceof TestEvent! " + e);
            processTestEvent((TestEvent)e);    
            return;
        }
      else
            System.out.println("Not an instanceof TestEvent! " + e);
      //super.processEvent(e);
    }

    protected void processTestEvent(TestEvent e) {
        //if (actionListener != null) {
        //    actionListener.actionPerformed(e);
        //}
         System.out.println("in processTestEvent");
         TestMulticaster.instance().EventThrown(e);
    }
   
}

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// INIManager.java
public class INIManager
{    
    public void testIni(Object o)
    {
        Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getSystemEventQueue().postEvent(new TestEvent(o, "addTrace:In INIManager testIni"));
        Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getSystemEventQueue().postEvent(new TestEvent(o, "statusRequested:In INIManager  testIni"));
    }
}

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//TestSource.java
public class TestSource
{

    public static void main(String args[])
    {
      TestSourceComponent t = new TestSourceComponent();
        SymListener SymListenerVar = new SymListener();
        //enable events????
        t.addTestEventListener( SymListenerVar );
        t.addTestEventListener( SymListenerVar );
        INIManager thrower = new INIManager();
        thrower.testIni(t);
/*        TestMulticaster.instance().EventThrown(new TestEvent(t, "testing this") );
        t.removeTestEventListener( SymListenerVar );
        TestMulticaster.instance().EventThrown(new TestEvent(t, "second test") );  
*/
    }
}
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mjenkinsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Here is a simple but complete example of how to create and generate a custom event.


import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
 
public class TComponent
        extends Component
{
        public static void main( String args[] )
        {
                Frame f = new Frame("TComponent");
                f.setSize(100,100);
                TComponent t = new TComponent();
                f.add(t);
                f.setVisible(true);
                Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getSystemEventQueue().postEvent( new MyEvent(t,8192) );
        }
 
        public TComponent()
        {
                enableEvents( 8192 );
        }
 
        public void processEvent( AWTEvent e )
        {
                System.out.println( "GOT IT" );
                super.processEvent(e);
        }
}
 
class MyEvent
        extends AWTEvent
{
        public MyEvent( Object src, int id )
        {
                super( src, id );
        }
}

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smithcbAuthor Commented:
Does this mean that one cannot create an event and catch that event without extending Component?  I thought that jdk1.1.6 had means to do this without extending Component...
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mjenkinsCommented:
If you want to use the system event queue, yes. YOu should subclass component. You can always create your own event queue and dispatch events that way.
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smithcbAuthor Commented:
BTW, sorry it took so long for me to get back to you... (re: your first answer)  I had posted a similar comment about 3 weeks ago but I guess it didn't take.  I figured I should find out what was taking so long and noticed it wasn't there.  Thanks for your help.

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