jtextarea gettext

I have problem in get the content I fill in a JtextArea,
The followint is my code, why remark is null after I fill in some string?

      textArea.setColumns(15);
      textArea.setRows(3);
      JEditorPane editorPane = new JEditorPane();
      editorPane.add(textArea);
      JScrollPane areaScrollPane = new JScrollPane(editorPane);


      String remark = this.textArea.getText();
      System.out.println("remark = "+remark);
stanleyhuenAsked:
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OviConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try this :

import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import javax.swing.*;

public class test extends JFrame {
  JTextArea textArea;
  JButton put;
  JButton get;

  public test() {
    initTest();
    setListaners();
  }

  protected void initTest() {
    Container c = getContentPane();
    c.setLayout(new BorderLayout());
    textArea = new JTextArea();
    put = new JButton("Put text");
    get = new JButton("Get text");
    c.add(new JScrollPane(textArea), BorderLayout.CENTER);
    JPanel p = new JPanel();
    p.add(put);
    p.add(get);
    c.add(p, BorderLayout.SOUTH);
  }
 
  protected void setListeners() {
    put.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
      public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {
        textArea.append("New content inserted.\n");
      }
    });
    get.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
      public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {
        System.out.println("---------------------");
        System.out.println("Curent content : " + textArea.getText());
        System.out.println("---------------------");
      }
    });
  }

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    test t = new test();
    t.setSize(200, 300);
    t.setLocation(200, 100);
    t.setVisible(true);
  }
}
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objectsCommented:
Has any text been entered into the text area?

can I also see all the code for the class.
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OviCommented:

      textArea.setColumns(15);
      textArea.setRows(3);
      textArea.setText("test");
      JEditorPane editorPane = new JEditorPane();
      editorPane.add(textArea);
      JScrollPane areaScrollPane = new JScrollPane(editorPane);


      String remark = this.textArea.getText();
      System.out.println("remark = "+remark);

but anyway why do you add your text area to a JEditorPane ? Why don't you just put'it in the scrollpane?
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stanleyhuenAuthor Commented:
The users are allowed to add some text in the text area, so I use JEditorPane, is it correct?
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objectsCommented:
You can simply use a JTextArea for that.
A JEditorPane is a more sophisticated text component.
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OviCommented:
As objects said JEditorPane is a more complex text component meening that it can display and edit html content. It's subclass called JTextPane is capable editing/viewing of html, rtf, styled text.

To use just the text area modify to following:

     textArea.setColumns(15);
      textArea.setRows(3);
      textArea.setText("test");
      JScrollPane areaScrollPane = new JScrollPane(textArea);


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macgreCommented:
I ran a simple test to confirm my what I suspected, the string is not null it is empty there is a difference.

My test code follows:
Frame1 f = new Frame1();
JTextArea ta = new JTextArea(3, 15);
JEditorPane ep = new JEditorPane();
JScrollPane sp = new JScrollPane();

ep.add(ta);
f.getContentPane().add(sp);

String t = ta.getText();

System.out.println("Text: " + ((t==null)?"IS NULL": t));

The output was:
'Text: '
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yasser_helmyCommented:
The JTextArea.getText() method never returns null If the text area is empty, it returns an empty string "".
Are you sure some text is in the text area before the call to getText()? Does any thread change the text area contents?
Make sure there are no calls to setText("") before the getText();
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