While pressing a key, pressing another key and wanting the first key press event to fire

Posted on 2004-08-26
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Last Modified: 2010-03-31
I want to create a situation like a car game:
When the UP arrow is pressed the car moves forward.
While the UP key is pressed, RIGHT \ LEFT can move the car sideways but the car is still moving forward (Because the UP arrow wasn't released).

In my app, While pressing UP, when the RIGHT \ LEFT key is pressed, it moves the car sideways but stops moving forward (The UP key is not considered anymore).

Thanks (Can use any JDK needed).
Question by:ElishaMoshe
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Hi Friend;

1st of all you need JDK for you to compile and run your codes. Now after that you need to study the key event in Java :


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Hope that helps . . .
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I think using threads is an solution to your problem. This will enable you to keep your car going forward while the left/right key is pressed. It will also go left or right depending the chosen key.

I suggest to make 1 thread which constantly updates the car's movement (left,right,forwards,backwards) and with the keypress event you will be able to manupulate the movement of the car.

Info about threading:
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armoghan earned 375 total points
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You can keep a variable like upKeyPressed who's value you can set as soon as the UP key is pressed and change its value when Up key is released. Now you can check its value for deciding, that you want to stop or move side ways on RIGHT/LEFT button press.

I hope it will solve the problem with out creating threads
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You will need a thread running. Here is an applet that deals with two key presses at once: http://javaboutique.internet.com/tutorials/Java_by_Example/section6_5.html

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