Repaint JList(Vector) when Vector contents are changed?

Posted on 2005-03-17
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Last Modified: 2009-12-16
I have a JList(Vector) in a Swing app. The Vector (of objects) being used to populate the JList can be added onto via a modal dialog. When the dialog is used to add an object to the Vector, the Vector is correctly updated, but the JList that had been populated by the now-changed vector "disappears." Is there a way to re-paint or re-set the JList with the updated Vector contents?
Question by:Sapphireblue
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TimYates earned 2000 total points
ID: 13566815
Don't use Vector

use a DefaultListModel:

DefaultListModel model ;


list = new JList() ;
model = new DefaultListModel( vector ) ;
list.setModel( model ) ;


then add, and remove from the model..
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ID: 13566830
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ID: 13566919
When you create a JList with a vector in the constructor, it creates an internal model, and copies the vector into it...so changing the vector has no influence on the list...

Just so you know why it isn't working as you have it...


Author Comment

ID: 13567671
yikes. trying it that way, I now get NullPointerExceptions all over the place. The JList sits next to a bunch of buttons that can do different things that relate to the contents of the JList; I can't even get a "show details of list item" type showMessageDialog to come up.

The following code was modified according to the info in the Java Almanac page; it now adds an item to the Vector AND tries to add an item to the list model I created. The former succeeds; the latter throws a big ugly NullPointerException.

In my class constructor:

studentListModel = new DefaultListModel();  // previously declared as instance variable
JList studentList = new JList(studentListModel);
for (int i=0; i<studentsVector.size(); i++)
      studentListModel.add(i, studentsVector.get(i));


In my actionPerformed method:

else if (source == newStudentButton)
      NewStudentDialog newStudentDialog = new NewStudentDialog((JFrame)SwingUtilities.getRoot(newStudentButton));
      if(newStudentDialog.changeSubmitted == true)
            Student tempStudent = new Student(newStudentDialog.getIdentificationNumber(),newStudentDialog.getFirstName(),newStudentDialog.getLastName());
            studentsVector.add(tempStudent);    // this works
            studentListModel.add(studentList.getModel().getSize(), tempStudent);   // this bombs


The stack trace helps me not a bit, I'm afraid:

        at EnrollPanel.actionPerformed(Enroll.java:217)  // this refers to the line that bombs
        at javax.swing.AbstractButton.fireActionPerformed(AbstractButton.java:17
        at javax.swing.AbstractButton$ForwardActionEvents.actionPerformed(Abstra
        at javax.swing.DefaultButtonModel.fireActionPerformed(DefaultButtonModel
        [etc etc etc]

Author Comment

ID: 13567740
Oh, I got it. Stupid mistake--in my constructor I was doing JList studentList = new JList(studentListModel); when I'd already declared studentList as an instance variable. My bad.

Thanks, Tim, for all your help.
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ID: 13567958

Glad you got it sorted!!!

Good luck!


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