private static final Color not working...

Posted on 2004-10-05
Last Modified: 2010-03-31
I have created a class called Board, which is to represent a the board for a board game. I want to set the color of the board as a constant, so that any time i want to change the board color, i can do so in one location. I also want all instances of the board class to use this same color.

I assumed that the best way to do it would be similarly to how it is defined in, and did so in the following way:

private static final Color BOARD_COLOR = new Color(255, 255, 175);

However, when running the program, it draw using a pale offwhite color, regardless of what numbers I use in new Color(). Even when I set it equal to Color.cyan, it still draws the same pale offwhite.

What am I doing wrong? My other uses of private static final seemed to work without there something special about colors?
Question by:iggames
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Expert Comment

ID: 12233061
how do you use the BOARD_COLOR?

Author Comment

ID: 12233253
I call


in the function

private static final BufferedImage createBoardImage()

createBoardImage makes a BufferedImage of proper size, sets color to BOARD_COLOR, and draws the board using that color
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Assisted Solution

objects earned 40 total points
ID: 12233288
should be fine, can you post some example code to demonstrate the problem.
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tomboshell earned 60 total points
ID: 12235940
in the function createBoardImage you always set the color to BOARD_COLOR, both are final static which should be ok.  As I see it you aren't allowing for the color to change.  I assume that you are always recreating the entire board by recalling this method which only sets the one color.  Try introducing a new variable, call it something like currentColor and create some getter/setters for it.  Have this currentColor initally set to the  BOARD_COLOR and then whenever you need a new color call the setter method for the currentColor and recreate/repaint it.  


private static final Color BOARD_COLOR = new Color(255, 255, 175);

private static Color currentColor = BOARD_COLOR;

public static Color getCurrentColor(){
  return currentColor;
public static void setCurrentColor(Color c){
  currentColor = c;
private static final BufferedImage createBoardImage(){
   // whatever else

  // the return image

Author Comment

ID: 12283923
it didn't fix the problem, but i don't feel like spending the time trying to narrow down what the problem is. i only use the color in one line of code, so i just put it in manually there. thank you for your responses, though.

Expert Comment

ID: 12284253
Sorry that it wasn't solved that quick.

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