what is easier using jbuttons or drawing squares and using them as buttons?

I need to write  a program for class that allows the user to press buttons that will display coins to the screen and add time to a parking meter

I have the coins figured out from an earlier project but I was wondering about the button my instructor had mentioned just drawing squares on the screen, but wouldn't it be easier to use jbuttons?

so essentially the actions necessary would be if you press the quarter button it draws a quarter on the screen and adds 5 minutes to the meter

if you press te dime button it draws a dime and adds 2 minutes

the meter will be a semi cirlce with a line pinting to the time remaining.

thanks for any help you can provide.  I can provide what code I have written if that will help to make a decision.

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urobinsAuthor Commented:
Okay the part that I am confused on is how to assign a different action to each button... d you have an example of this?
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
eg. to call xyz() when button is pressed use:

JButton button = new JButton("Click me");
button.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
   public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent event) {
       xyz();
   }
});

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urobinsAuthor Commented:
Do I have to have a seperate action performed for each button?  This is how I am creating my buttons
I had planned on calling this addwidgets in the method I am creating my window in



// method to add widgets to the panel
       private void addWidgets() {
              //Create widgets.
              amount = new JTextField(2);
              amountLabel = new JLabel("Amount of change between 1 and 99", SwingConstants.HORIZONTAL);
              enterAmount = new JButton("Click to enter value");
              txtAmount = new JTextField(50);

              //Listen to events from the click button.
              enterAmount.addActionListener(this);

              //Add the widgets to the container.
              coinPanel.add(amount);
              coinPanel.add(amountLabel);
              coinPanel.add(enterAmount);
              textPanel.add(txtAmount);
              
              amountLabel.setBorder(BorderFactory.createEmptyBorder(5,5,5,5));
              
          }
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
no button can share ActionListener's
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urobinsAuthor Commented:
Okay so Im sorry for the next question, looking at the way I set it up is that right? and if so how do I differentiate between buttons?

IE how do I make quarters call the paint quarters
and dime call paint dimes etc...
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
if u want different buttons to have different actions, then use different ActionListeners :)
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urobinsAuthor Commented:
Sorry I posted the wrong code

public void addWidgets()
      {

            JButton quarterButton,nickleButton,dimeButton,pennyButton;
          
            //create the buttons
          quarterButton = new JButton ("25");
          dimeButton = new JButton("10");
          nickleButton = new JButton("5");
          pennyButton = new JButton("1");
          
          //add listeners to the buttons
          quarterButton.addActionListener(this);
          dimeButton.addActionListener(this);
          nickleButton.addActionListener(this);
          pennyButton.addActionListener(this);
          
          //add the buttons to the panel
          meterPanel.add(quarterButton);
          meterPanel.add(dimeButton);
          meterPanel.add(nickleButton);
          meterPanel.add(pennyButton);
          
      }
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urobinsAuthor Commented:
so is that right what I have above?  Im sorry I hav only ever used one actionlistener so I just need to be pointed in the right direction or an onilne tut or something :)
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
they are all using the same listener.
you can do that and then in your listener check the source of the event

if (event.getSource()==quarterButton)
{
   // quarterButton pressed
}
if (event.getSource()==dimeButton)
{
   // dimeButton pressed
}


better to use seperate listeners though

quarterButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
   public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent event) {
       quarterButtonPressed();
   }
});
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urobinsAuthor Commented:
Okay I think I get it so like this? and so on....

quarterButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
   public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent event) {
       quarterButtonPressed();
   }
});

dimeButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
   public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent event) {
       dimeButtonPressed();
   }
});
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Mick BarryJava DeveloperCommented:
correct
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urobinsAuthor Commented:
Thanks I think I get it.  I have another question, but I'll open a new question for that!  
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