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Need a DecimalFormat for a NumberFormatter for a JFormattedTextField

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Below is my code.  My JFormattedTextField is numberField.  I need a format (pattern) for the following:

100.00000         needs to appear as    100.000
10000.123456   needs to appear as    10000.123
1.055E9             needs to appear as    1055000000.000
211.E9               needs to appear as    211000000000.000

is there a pattern to do this?  

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NumberFormatter doubleFormatter = new NumberFormatter(new DecimalFormat("#0.000#"));

doubleFormatter.setAllowsInvalid(false);

numberField.setFormatterFactory(new DefaultFormatterFactory(doubleFormatter));

numberField.setColumns(10);

numberField.setValue(0.0);

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by:objects
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how is what you have not working?
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by:Kevin Cross
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I think you want this format "#0.000" which will have exactly 3 digits after zero always even if only have precision to tenths or hundreds place.  Additionally, will always have a digit in ones place even if value is less than one.
NumberFormatter doubleFormatter = new NumberFormatter(new DecimalFormat("#0.000"));

doubleFormatter.setAllowsInvalid(false);

numberField.setFormatterFactory(new DefaultFormatterFactory(doubleFormatter));

numberField.setColumns(10);

numberField.setValue(0.0);

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So your one error is the extra # at the end as it would be a fourth digit after decimal and if you remove one of the zeros and have # instead then numbers with less than three digits would only go out two places.  Therefore, you have to remember that 0 is used in pattern to represent a digit that will be included no matter what either as value or zero.  # are only included when have non-zero value.
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by:gdkinney_2
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The one problem with what I have is that if I have a large number like

2.23E19  in my database when the value populates my JFormattedTextField it appears as 0 for some reason.  It does not do this for smaller numbers though.
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have you checked the value is being read from database correctly?
Are you using double or float?
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by:gdkinney_2
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The value is correct when it comes out of the database it goes to 0 when I attempt to use the correct value to set the text for the JFormattedTextField.  It's correct before I set the JFormattedTextField but then the textfield displays a 0 after I use the correct number and attempt to set it.  If I use a smaller number like 1.0E5 it works OK for some reason.
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Kevin Cross earned 500 total points
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This works fine, so maybe try to parse the data from database into a double variable first and see if makes a difference.
JFormattedTextField numberField = new JFormattedTextField();

		NumberFormatter doubleFormatter = new NumberFormatter(new DecimalFormat("#0.000"));

		doubleFormatter.setAllowsInvalid(false);

		numberField.setFormatterFactory(new DefaultFormatterFactory(doubleFormatter));

		numberField.setColumns(10);

		numberField.setValue(2.23E19);

		JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, numberField.getText());

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It's worth trying to operate with BigDecimal - you might be running out of precision in certain cases, throwing off the format
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double precision is fine
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Actually I did get it to work I was using numberField.setText then I switched over to numberField.setValue apparently the first way was not using the Formatter correctly.
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That's good. Bear in mind that a NumberFormat will use zeros instead of the actual digits if there's a precision overflow
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