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JAVA GUI in Netbeans to excute existing program

Posted on 2006-11-17
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I need help getting a button that I created in NetBeans to start a program that I've already created. The program works find at the command line.

I'd like for it to be started via a button. How do I do that?
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by:sciuriware
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Starting one Java program from another program?

synchoneously by calling     MainClass.main(String[] commandline)  (fill in 'MainClass')

or  by exec(String[] commandvector);

And the place where to do it is in the public void actionPerformed() from that button.

;JOOP!
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by:bbcac
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Now... I can execute the program by calling it from the actionPerformed method on the button... how do I check to see when the program is done?
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by:bbcac
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Also... how do I refersh the screen?

Here's the code in the action performed method

    private void jButton1ActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {                                        
        String args[]=new String[1];
        args[0] = "a";
        jLabel1.setText("Please wait while data is collected");
        DataCollector.main(args);
       
        startDoneListener();
       
    }  

////////////////////////////////////////

Even though I change the setText method, the text doesn't change until after I run the DataCollector.main() method. Which takes about 10 minutes.
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   /** (non-Javadoc)
    * @see java.awt.event.ActionListener#actionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent)
    * @param a action event.
    */
   public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent a)    // Must be public et al: see where you say "implements ActionListener"
   {
      Object o = a.getSource();

      if(o == runButton)                                   // Always check if this is the firing button!!!
      {
            new ExecThread().start();                  // The hard work will be in that class's run()
      }
....................
   } // = return

// Now you gotan asynchoneous execution and the screen can be updatged as well.

;JOOP!

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by:sciuriware
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The execution of the other program, the waitfor and the action to warn
the main program are all in that "ExecThread", that looks like:

public class ExecThread extends Thread
{


// The 'run' method does all the work.
// If done you can (e.g.) set a static boolean in the main program or so.
// I always call a method in the main program to show something on the screen etc.

;JOOP!
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