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I am trying to build a swing app that loads data into a tree from an oracle database.

The problem seems to be that I can't retrieve all the rows and just build the tree because of the large possibility of a tremendous amount of records.  Instead I thought that I should only initially populate the root nodes and when the user clicks to expand, retrieve the children of that node...and when the node is closed again, clear those objects -- or release the memory somehow.

My problem is I have no knowledge of how to do such a thing and from my searches, there isn't much documentation of an acutal database implementation of populating a jtree and definitiely none regarding dynamic loading / unloading.

So my question (and I'm willing to give away all my points for as much help as possible with this), how can I create a jtree that loads dynamically based on 1) first load (just load root nodes) or 2) clicking on node (load children based on parent value).

Table setup example:
Table.Data
ID //never 0 -- auto increment with each record
ParentID // references ID -- 0 is root.
Date  // Just other values that will
Time // be loaded in Value Object

Any help I would appreciate!
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As db query could take some time, you really should do any database queries in a seperate thread  from the event dispatch thread. As doing any time consuming task in the event dispatch thread will block your gui.

To create a tree that dynamically you need to create a custom table model that initiates the database request whenever a node is requested, and caches all db results.
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a custom tree model right (not table)?

Do you have any examples of that and how the nodeClick might call a seperate thread in a SwingWorker?  I have the understanding, I just don't have a complete grasp for the implementation.
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> a custom tree model right (not table)?

coorect (woops).

> Do you have any examples of that and how the nodeClick might call a seperate thread

You don't really worry about the node click directly, when the JTree needs data to display it will call your tree model. At this point you can handle initiating your db calls as required.
Shall see what I can find.
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