There’s nothing stopping you from using standard multi-threading techniques in Swing, and the usual considerations apply. If we want to update the GUI from another thread, we should use Swing Utilities to schedule our update code to run on the event dispatch thread.
If you have multiple threads accessing the same variables, you’ll need to use synchronized methods or code blocks (or thread-safe classes like Atomic Integer or Array Blocking Queue). As with most user interface APIs, you can’t update the user interface from threads you’ve created yourself. The following code is fine, but ugly as the devil himself., specifically designed for Swing.
Image: You can notice that the ‘E’ letter in the label in underlined, so the users can type Alt E to get focus on the text field.
Border Layout; import javax.swing.*; import javax.swing.
On subsequent presses just check the value of that value and spawn only if there is no such background thread ticking.
Swing Constants; import event.*; public class Counter View if a thread is counting.
Well, as every Java undergraduate knows, you often , but you shouldn’t. It’s an abstract class and it takes two template parameters, which make it look highly ferocious and puts most people off using it. Let’s take a look at some code that just runs a background thread.
If you do this, sometimes your program will work and other times it won’t. For this first example, we won’t be using either of the template parameters, so we’ll set them both to I hope you enjoyed this introduction to the highly-useful Swing Worker class.
If you’re writing a desktop or Java Web Start program in Java using Swing, you might feel the need to run some stuff in the background by creating your own threads. We’re updating the GUI from our own thread, and under some circumstances that will certainly cause exceptions to be thrown.At the moment, clicking the start button invokes a handler method which does nothing. Hey Guys I am programming a calculator with buttons and have a separate class "Operators" for the "brain behind the buttons" (as bucky would say). If we want to update the GUI from another thread, we should use Swing Utilities to schedule our update code to run on the event dispatch thread.If you're doing Swing (GUI) programming in Java, you might want to consider using the Swing Worker class for your multithreading needs.There’s nothing stopping you from using standard multi-threading techniques in Swing, and the usual considerations apply. You can find more tutorials, including a complete free video course on multi-threading and courses on Swing, Android and Servlets, on my site Cave of Programming. happy coding.– John Meta: this post is part of the Java Advent Calendar and is licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license.