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Keeping track of JTable changes

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Hi,
  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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by:CEHJ
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Just make a copy of your TableModel
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by:Brock20
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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.
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by:CEHJ
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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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by:Brock20
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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?  
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ksivananth earned 125 total points
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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!
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by:CEHJ
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>>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
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by:FunnyMan
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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.
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by:objects
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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.

http://jdj.sys-con.com/read/36636.htm
http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/jdev/howtos/10g/interceptor.html
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