How do I retrieve the value from the ComboBox which binds to the database.

Posted on 2009-02-21
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In Netbeans I currently have a ComboBox. I bind the ComboBox to a table, it collects a column for me. How do I get the value of that column and use it throughout the program. I want to take for instance whatever is selected from the ComboBox, the primary key or foreign key. Then I can use that information on manual queries to the database to fill in other areas of the JFrame.
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        jComboBox1.addItemListener(new ItemListener() {
                public void itemStateChanged(ItemEvent e) {

    private void jComboBox1_itemStateChanged(ItemEvent e) {
        System.out.println(jComboBox1.getItemAt(jComboBox1.getSelectedIndex() )) ;

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Hi fsze88 that worked. Please view the image. Do you know how to get the specific primary key value if I do click on one out of the list, as I will want to store it inside a variable. I get the classname and tablename showing up as well as the primary keys.
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CEHJ earned 750 total points
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All you need to do is call the following in the method you write to query the db, casting the String  to the appropiate type in your query:
String key = jComboBox1.getSelectedItem().toString();

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   private void jComboBox1_itemStateChanged(ItemEvent e) {
        String comboBoxValue;
        String Parameter;
        String[] pair;
        int beginIndex, endIndex;
        comboBoxValue = String.valueOf( jComboBox1.getItemAt(jComboBox1.getSelectedIndex() ));
        beginIndex = comboBoxValue.indexOf("[") +1;
        endIndex = comboBoxValue.indexOf("]");
        Parameter = comboBoxValue.substring(beginIndex,endIndex);
        System.out.println("Parameter : " + Parameter);
        pair = Parameter.split("=");
        System.out.println("value of figher : " + pair[1]);
//        System.out.println(e.toString() + e.getStateChange());
//        System.out.println(jComboBox1.getItemAt(jComboBox1.getSelectedIndex() )) ;
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