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Thread: Why do my changes not show up?

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    Default Why do my changes not show up?

    Hey everyone!

    I have some problem i don't really understand the source.

    Unfortunately i don't have a runnable example because this is part of a more complex structure but maybe it is self-explaining.
    My problem is: i want a red area to appear when i click the button start, which doesn't work. And i don't really understand why it doesn't work, because i know (i tested it with a simple system output) that my testroutine is invoked by clicking my start-menuitem. When i add the same three lines (as in the method) in my constructor i get the visual result i want, so i figured that those 3 lines are not the problem. i tried a repaint in my testroutine which didn't work either.

    i'm thankful for help

    this is my code for this class:
        public class RTwindow extends MenuWindow {
    	public RTwindow(){
    		JMenu mainmenu = new JMenu();
    		JMenuItem start = new JMenuItem();
    		this.addmenuitem(mainmenu, start, "Start");
    //addmenu and addmenuitem are methods of my class MenuWindow
    		start.addActionListener(new ActionListener(){
    			public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent AE){
    	public void testroutine(){
    		JPanel mainpanel = new JPanel();

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    Default Re: Why do my changes not show up?

    Can you write a small complete program that compiles, executes and shows the problem?

    --- Update ---

    Have you read the API doc for the setBackground() method?
    If you don't understand my answer, don't ignore it, ask a question.

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    Default Re: Why do my changes not show up?

    It's easy enough to create a short, runnable example to demonstrate a problem you're having with code. Saying it's too complex is just laziness. Here's 1) an example of how to do that, and 2) a demonstration of what I suspect is the source of your problem. Note the comment in the method buildJPanel(). If not, come back with a small, runnable example that demonstrates what you're seeing.
    import java.awt.Color;
    import java.awt.Dimension;
    import javax.swing.JFrame;
    import javax.swing.JPanel;
    import javax.swing.SwingUtilities;
    // a simple class to demonstrate the effect of opacity on background color
    public class TestClass
    	public TestClass()
    		JFrame mainFrame = new JFrame( "Test Frame" );
    		mainFrame.add( buildJPanel() );
    		mainFrame.setLocationRelativeTo( null );
    		mainFrame.setDefaultCloseOperation( JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE );
    		mainFrame.setVisible( true );
    	public JPanel buildJPanel()
    		JPanel mainPanel = new JPanel();
    		// change the 'false' in the next line to 'true' to see what happens
    		mainPanel.setOpaque( false );
    		mainPanel.setPreferredSize( new Dimension( 100, 100 ) );
    		return mainPanel;
    	// to launch TestClass on the EDT
    	public static void main( String[] args )
    		SwingUtilities.invokeLater( new Runnable()
    			public void run()
    				new TestClass();

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