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Keeping track of JTable changes

  I am writing an application that displays database tables in a JTable object.  I am using this dialog to allow the user to make changes to the table.  I am having a hard time designing a way to keep track of user changes.  I want to be able to know when the user has made changes so I can save the data to the database.  

Later down the road I also may implement an undo feature and may want to keep track of the user changes in general.  I have not found much documentation on the web and was wondering if anyone would be able to help?

Thanks for all your help!!
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Just make a copy of your TableModel
Brock20Author Commented:
So I should have a copy of the TableModel and then compare the data?  Wouldn't this take up resourses?  I was trying to think of a way to have the model or the view know that something has changed.  Not sure if that is the proper way to do it.
It depends what you want to do. If you don't need to know what the changes are, but merely that changes did occur, just calculate the hash code before and after
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Brock20Author Commented:
1.)  How would I calculate the hash code?

2.)  So if I want to know what the changes are you are suggesting to keep two copies of my model?  Is this expensive?  
if you feel having a copy of the model is expensive, just add nonvisible column( flag tracking changes ) in the model. and you are going to update the flag when there is a change in cell, here the drawback is that the flag is going to tell u that the data got changed even if the user had reverted the changes by updating the changed cell again. But this can be worked around!
>>How would I calculate the hash code?

Iterate the model and add the hashcode of every value

>>Is this expensive?

That would depend on the size of the model
Hashing's relatively cheap, it's a linear-time algorithm, meaning that it takes about twice as long to run it on a data set that's twice as long.

The better alterantive, though, is to implement TableModelListener and add your class as a listener to the underlying TableModel (via table.getModel().addTableModelListener(this)).  Then you can just watch the TableModelEvents that come past and keep track of them.
You shouldn't need two copies of the table model, a TableModelListener as FunnyMan has suggested could easily be used to notify you when a value in the table changes.
When it gets called you can start a thread to perform the required database update.

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