i have a problem with methods

i cant set the nickname of the user in this program can anybody help me please


import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.util.*;
import java.io.*;
import java.net.*;

class Client extends JFrame implements ActionListener
{
    JButton send=new JButton("Send");
    JLabel beyekteb=new JLabel(" ");
    JTextArea itext=new JTextArea(4, 20);
    JTextArea dtext=new JTextArea(15, 20);
    JTextField bob=new JTextField(10);
    Nick nickName=new Nick();
    JMenuBar bar=new JMenuBar();
    JMenu file=new JMenu("File");
    JMenu help=new JMenu("Help");
    JMenuItem nick=new JMenuItem("Change Nick");
    JMenuItem about=new JMenuItem("About");
    Socket socket=null;
    PrintWriter out=null;
    BufferedReader in=null;
    String line;
    String n;
    Date now = new Date();
    JScrollPane scroll= new JScrollPane(dtext);
       
   
   
    Client()
    {
        super("Client");
        bar.add(file);
        bar.add(help);
        file.add(nick);
        dtext.setEditable(false);
        send.addActionListener(this);
        nick.addActionListener(this);
        itext.setBorder(BorderFactory.createEtchedBorder());
        dtext.setBorder(BorderFactory.createEtchedBorder());
        BorderLayout bord=new BorderLayout();
        BorderLayout bord1=new BorderLayout();
        BorderLayout bord2=new BorderLayout();
        JPanel pane2=new JPanel();
        pane2.setLayout(bord);
        pane2.add(itext);
        pane2.add("East", send);
        JPanel pane1=new JPanel();
        pane1.setLayout(bord1);
        pane1.add("North",scroll);
        pane1.add(pane2);
        pane1.add("South", beyekteb);
        JPanel pane=new JPanel();
        pane.setLayout(bord2);
        pane.add("North", bar);
        pane.add(pane1);
        setContentPane(pane);
    }
     
     public void listenSocket(){  
       
        try
        {
            socket=new Socket("localhost",1348);
            in=new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(socket.getInputStream()));
            out=new PrintWriter(socket.getOutputStream(), true);
           
         
           for(int i=0;i<5000;i++)
           {  line=in.readLine();
              dtext.append("\nAshraf:"+line);
        }
               
           
           
        }
        catch(IOException e)
        {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }
     
    public static void main(String [] args)
    {
        Client client=new Client();
        client.setTitle("Client Program");
        WindowListener l = new WindowAdapter() {
                public void windowClosing(WindowEvent e) {
                        System.exit(0);
                }
        };

        client.addWindowListener(l);
        client.pack();
        client.setVisible(true);
      client.listenSocket();
    }
   
    public void setNick(String n)
     {
         this.n=n;
     }
    public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
    {
        Object source=e.getSource();
        if(source==send)
        {  
            String input=itext.getText();
            out.println(input);
            dtext.append("\n"+n+":"+input);
            itext.setText("");
            beyekteb.setText("Your Chat Started at "+now);
        }
        if(source==nick)
        {
            nickName.setVisible(true);
        }
       
       
    }
   
}

class Nick extends JFrame implements ActionListener
{
    JButton set=new JButton("Set");
    JLabel label=new JLabel("New Nick");
    JTextField text=new JTextField(10);
    String n;
    Client client;
   
    Nick()
    {
        super("Change Nick");
        set.addActionListener(this);
        BorderLayout bord=new BorderLayout();
        FlowLayout flow=new FlowLayout();
        JPanel pane1=new JPanel();
        pane1.setLayout(flow);
        pane1.add(label);
        pane1.add(text);
        JPanel pane=new JPanel();
        pane.setLayout(bord);
        pane.add(pane1);
        pane.add("South", set);
        setContentPane(pane);
        pack();
        setVisible(false);
    }
   
   public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
        client=new Client();
        Object source=e.getSource();
        if(source==set)
        {
            n=text.getText();
            client.setNick(n);
            setVisible(false);
        }
    }
}
       
       
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CEHJCommented:
As far as I can see on a quick look through:

>> 
     public void setNick(String n)
     {
         this.n=n;
     }

>>

does not alter the actual menu item
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MistahMillaCommented:
Change the variable name that you are passing in to something like newn or tempn, so that the name of the temporary variable is not the same as the name of the variable in the class. As in:

public void setNick(String tempn)
     {
         this.n=tempn;
     }
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CEHJCommented:
How will that help?

Certainly though, your code should be self-documenting. A variable name of 'n', (including yourself later) anything.

Sometimes you *may* see this sort of thing, but usually it'll be a method one, perhaps used only once.
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MistahMillaCommented:
changing the name of the variable would help because i think that the compiler doesn't know which n to use, because it is in two different scopes at the same time.
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CEHJCommented:
>>it is in two different scopes

It isn't. this.n is quite distinct from n. And anyway, where did you get the idea that there are compiling problems?
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omashhourAuthor Commented:
i tried what ur saying but its not working
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omashhourAuthor Commented:
by the way for your own knowledge when i say this.n it differentiates between the 2 n's
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omashhourAuthor Commented:
no there are no compiling problems but when i try the program the nick name remains null
it does not change
do u want me to send the server CEHJ??
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CEHJCommented:
What changes have you made to the method in question?
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jimmackCommented:
The Nick class has it's own reference to a Client.  A new instance is of Client is created every time actionPerformed is called (though I'm not sure how this works, given the ActionListener is applied to the JFrame subclass and not a button or menu item).

Since a new Client object is created each time and not passed to anything else, this would explain why you are not seeing what you expect.

Perhaps when you create the Nick object from the Client, you should pass in the reference to Client in the constructor, eg.

Nick nickName = new Nick(this);

and in the Nick class:

public Nick(Client client)
{
    this.client = client;
    .
    .
}

Then get rid of the client creation in the actionPerformed (in the Nick class).
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CEHJCommented:
>>but when i try the program the nick name remains null

I'm now getting confused as to what you mean by 'nick name' ;-) What *do* you mean?
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omashhourAuthor Commented:
public void setNick(String n)
     {
         this.n=n;
     }

i want the method above

to have effect in this part

 if(source==send)
        {  
            String input=itext.getText();
            out.println(input);
            dtext.append("\n"+n+":"+input);    <===============the n here is the nickname
            itext.setText("");
            beyekteb.setText("Your Chat Started at "+now);
        }
but the problem is that the n is always null it does not change
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TimYatesCommented:
Pass the Client to the Nick class (in the constructor)

in your action performed:

        if(source==nick)
        {
            if( nickName == null )
              nickName = new Nick( this ) ;
            nickName.setVisible(true);
        }

then, change the Nick constructor (and first line) to:

    Nick( Client client )
    {
        this.client = client ;

And change the actionPerformed for the Nick class to:

   public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
        Object source=e.getSource();
        if(source==set)
        {
            n=text.getText();
            client.setNick(n);
            setVisible(false);
        }
    }
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TimYatesCommented:
you were creating a new CLient class and setting the nick in that....this was having no effect on the existing Client class...

so it was staying null...

Tim.
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TimYatesCommented:
Oh yeah, and change:

    Nick nickName=new Nick();

to

    Nick nickName = null ;

in the Client class
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jimmackCommented:
Thanks Tim.  I'm too tired to go into this now.  I'm off to bed 3-)
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omashhourAuthor Commented:
thanks tim your the man :)
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TimYatesCommented:
:-)
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