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Posted on 1998-08-31
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Last Modified: 2010-03-30

How do I convert a string getParameter("white") to a class Color instance?

Question by:pyang051597
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Expert Comment

ID: 1223051
try identifying the RGB value of a color parameter with the 1.1 method:

public static Color decode(String nm) throws NumberFormatException;

the Color constructor takes an RGB value:

public Color(int r, int g, int b);    or    public Color(int rgb);

-hope this helps

Expert Comment

ID: 1223052
Hmm... how about a long if, else if statement to compar the colors?
There are only about 13 of them.


Author Comment

ID: 1223053
Can you give me an example how to use decode(string)  please?


btw, sailwind, I am not going to do a loop 13 times, sorry:)
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sailwind earned 80 total points
ID: 1223054

     I thought about this issue for a while, and frankly I don't think there's a way to
do it. Given a string, you can get the class that is referenced by that name, but
you can't directly access the static variable with the string. The color.White
static variable simply cannot be referenced by color."white". Below is a small
method that I wrote which will give you the color that you specify with a string.
You can just call this method for every getparameter that you use, so you can do:

you can call it like:

Color myColor = convertColor(getParameter("colorChoice"));


public Color convertColor(String s) {
    return Color.white;
  else if(s.equals("blue"))
    return Color.blue;
  else if(s.equals("cyan"))
    return Color.cyan;
  else if(s.equals("darkGray"))
    return Color.darkGray;
  else if(s.equals("gray"))
    return Color.gray;
  else if(s.equals("green"))
    return Color.green;
  else if(s.equals("lightGray"))
    return Color.lightGray;
  else if(s.equals("magenta"))
    return Color.magenta;
  else if(s.equals("orange"))
    return Color.orange;
  else if(s.equals("pink"))
    return Color.pink;
  else if(s.equals("red"))
    return Color.red;
  else if(s.equals("white"))
    return Color.white;
  else if(s.equals("yellow"))
    return Color.yellow;
    return null;

Author Comment

ID: 1223055
Thank you!

Author Comment

ID: 1223056
I found a way to do this:

public static Color convertStringToColor(String aString) {
   try {
      return (Color)Class.forName("java.awt.Color").getField(aString).get(null);
   } catch(Throwable e) {
      return null;

no loop needed!

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