handling events in swing

Posted on 2004-04-26
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what is the best way to handle events across several frames in an application. eg. how do i pass back values from textfields, passwordfields or textarea in a jdialog back to the parent frame when user clicks a submit button. are there any tutorials for this kind of event handling across classes without using inner classes. are there any design patterns for this.
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zzynx earned 225 total points
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Well, it's not because you dispose/close the dialog that it isn't there anymore.
So, you can still call all it's getter functions.

MyDialog myDialog = new MyDialog();
// 1) Show it

// 2) Here it is closed by pressing <Submit> or whatever
// but that doesn't prevent you to:

String field1 = myDialog.getField1();
String field2 = myDialog.getField2();

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Create your own event and listener class to handle event it's easy concept and implementation.

There're 3 classes and 1 interface in the session.

1 - Event generator class (generate some events)
2 - Event class (contains data of an event)
3 - Listener interface (contains event methods and will executed when some events occur)
4 - Event listening class (contains a reference of event generator)

For example, you have

  SigninListener interface : (Listener interface)
        interface SigninListener {
            public void whenUserClickSignin(SigninEvent e);

  SigninEvent class : (Event class)
        public class SigninEvent {
            String username;
            String password;
            public SigninEvent(String username,String password) {
                this.username = username;
                this.password = password;
            /* and other get/set method */

  SigninDialog class : (Event generator class)
        public class SigninDialog extends JDialog implements ActionListener {
            JTextField jt_User,jt_Passwd;
            JButton jb_Signin;
            SigninListener signinlistener;

            public SigninDialog() {
                /* build ui here */
                signinlistener = new SigninListener() {
                    public void whenUserClickSignin(SigninEvent e) {/* default implementation */}

            public void addSigninListener(SigninListener l) {
                signinlistener = l;

            public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
                /* whenever user click sign-in button, (s)he is generating sign-in event.
                SigninEvent se = new SigninEvent(jt_User.getText(), jt_Passwd.getText());

  MainFrame class : (Event listening class)
        public MainFrame extends JFrame implements SigninListener {
            SigninDialog jd_Signin;
            public MainFrame() {
                /* build ui here */
            public void whenUserClickSignin(SigninEvent e) {
                /* user authentication here */

I hope you'll see the concept from the classes above.
G noon
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