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how to force repaint()?

Posted on 1998-12-24
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Hi,

  My code has the following structure:

for(int i = 0; i < 10000; i++) {
  do some calculation;
  drawCanvas.repaint();
}

What I want is to do some calculation and plot the progress, and so on. But it seems that only after the loop is finished, the my "drawCanvas" is repainted(WM_PAINT message is blocked). May I know how to force painting? In MFC, we can use GetClientDC() to obtain a graphic device to draw on. Is there anything similar in Java? By the way, I need this to be done with JDK1.0.2 for maximum compatibility.
Thanks for your time.

wyldsj
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wyldsj, the repaint method notifys the awt thread that it needs to start a paint cycle. Now there are two options:
1. Your loop is done by the awt thread (for example inside one of the event handlers etc.). In that case, you have to change the design because the awt thread shouldn't be doing cpu intensive tasks.
2. You are doing the loop on a different thread, and your thread is very cpu intensive. There is a chance that the awt thread get very little reasources (cpu time), and what you can do is use the  command:  Thread.currentThread().yield();  After you are issueing the repaint(). This will cause the current thread to give up the cpu and give the awt thread the chance to do its work.

Hope this helps.
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by:wyldsj
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gadio: you are right. My loop is within an event handler. It actually occurs after a button is clicked. But I cannot figure out a different structure... Is there any suggestions from you?

wyldsj
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Hi! I just figured it out myself and it worked now! Thanks for your help, gadio!

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