Hello a quick introduction my major experiance of Java has been college work I did 2 semesters one based around GUIs. In my first semester it was mostly theory which was very dissapointing but my second semester I had a very hands on lecturer and really enjoyed it unfortunatly this was a fairly advanced course and while I did well in it I don't think I had fully understood some fairly basic OO concepts such as inheritence since I didn't get assigments to practice them in the first semester. While I had all this theory in my head I misunderstood it and late in the second semester it all started making sense. I was fairly handy when it came to coding and debugging it's just the inheritence stuff like say Mountain Bike extends Bike that sort of stuff.
A couple of months ago in my spare time I decided to try and do some Java and I wanted to do something with poker or at least cards my first challenge was fairly simple create a Card class and a Deck class and a Deck Test class. I had done this before but it was a nice refresher and got it done fairly quick.
I then decided to build a GUI to show all the cards in the deck and as a test if a card was clicked a message box would pop up show what card it is. This wasn't too hard what I decided to do was create a Graphic Card class which extended Card. I don't have the code with me but I think the additional methods were things like drawCard which took in a compent to draw it on along with width height and I think where to draw it. Once again pretty simple and it worked it showed up all the cards(I got images for them off the internet).
I then added a contains method which took in two integers (mouse x and mouse y) and returned a boolean if the point was in the card, so when a position was clicked it would make this method call to all the Graphic Cards and if it returned true it would call the method printCardName. Now at this stage I started working on a website with a friend and left this project.
I went back to it over the weekend and wasn't really happy with the way this worked so changed things around, I wanted to expand on the poker idea and decided to make a simple video poker game. I changed it so there is a Class called CardCollection which is extended by Hand and Deck. I scrapped the graphic card class and added a StrengthChecker class(determines the strength of the hand passed to it) it only works for 5 card hands at the moment but I quite like it and it works I also started a VideoPoker and once again this worked quite well in the command line I was able to show a hand and toggle whether a card was held or not and print out the strength of the finishing hand, all very good. But then I started on a GUI for the game I was able to display the deck(well an image representing the deck) and the five cards, but putting any interactivity on top of this proved beyond me. What I want is that when the player clicks the deck it will invoke the dealFirstHand method and then when a player clicks the cards it toggles whether they are held or not and when the player clicks the deck again it will deal out second hand. Now I was kind of thinking Image would have a contains method similar to that of the shape class which I worked fairly extensively with before. Unfortunatly it didn't. Now I thought a way to avaoid this was to put some buttons in but I wasn't keen on that I also thought maybe since theres always going to be 5 cards and 1 deck I could just have an If point is in range1 then toggle this card1 that sort of thing. I think this would work but I thought there had to be a way to check if an image is clicked. I couldn't find any solution for this with a quick internet search I didn't delve too deeply but I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction for this.
Now I don't know why this didn't occur to me yesterday but I've just checked BufferedImage would the getData method from that be a way to go about things?
Also one other thing I that confused me. I cant exactly remember the problem my Deck class had an Array of Card objects I would have been under the impression that I could then put GraphicCard objects(which extends Card) but I don't think I was able to anyone help me on this?
I think I had a few more minor things but I can't remember the exact details right now and I don't have the code with me to check so I might add these at another time.
Anyway that was a fairly long winded post so thanks to anyone who took the time to read it, and if anything wasn't clear please don't hesitate to let me know.