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Thread: Trick - How to build a button to switch between panel colors

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    Default Trick - How to build a button to switch between panel colors

    This is just a little code snippet containing a little trick I used today to build a simple button that switches between panel colors.

    [NOTE: This might not be the best method. If you have a better way of doing it, please reply.]

     
    //Declarations for the variables used below
    int option = 0; //Variable used to select colors
    final Color[] colors = {Color.ORANGE, Color.BLUE,
    Color.CYAN, Color.RED, Color.GREEN,
    Color.YELLOW, Color.MAGENTA}; //Our Color array.
    public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
     
        option++; //Increment this variable each time we click the button
        if(option>colors.length-1) option = 0; //Check if it has reached the end of the array.
        //If it has, reset the variable option.
        myPanel.setBackground(colors[option]); //Update colors.
        myPanel2.setBackground(colors[option]);
    }

    So what this should do is everytime you click the button, the option variable increments. Then it sets the background of the 2 panels to one of the values in color[], where the index is the new value of option. If it becomes greater than the amount of elements in option (-1), It resets the option variable back to 0. This method is handy, so all you have to do to add more colors is to add more elements to the array.

    Again, there could be other methods better than this, so feel free to post if you have an easier way.

    EDIT: Just a note to some people wondering why I use colors.length-1 instead of colors.length. If you use colors.length, It will work fine, but it shows errors in the console. Use colors.length-1 to avoid the errors.

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    Default Re: Trick - How to build a button to switch between panel colors

    I'd move the colors array outside the method next to where the option variable is defined and make it final to show that isn't to be updated.
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    Default Re: Trick - How to build a button to switch between panel colors

    Quote Originally Posted by Norm View Post
    I'd move the colors array outside the method next to where the option variable is defined and make it final to show that isn't to be updated.
    Ah, good idea. I'll change that right now.

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    Well the if statement could be in one bracket
    If(option=0;option>colors.length;option++){


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    Default Re: Trick - How to build a button to switch between panel colors

    Yea, but I exclude the bracket(s) if the code is only one line.

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    Default Re: Trick - How to build a button to switch between panel colors

    Leaving off the {}s can be a problem if later you add more code and forget to add them. Best to always use them.
       if(some == all) 
           doThis();
           doThat();          //<<<<<<< This is not part of the if
    This can happen and will not be noticed.
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    Thanks for sharing the code. I will implement this code to build simple button.

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