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Thread: Funny business with JFrame, JPanel and JLabel

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    Default Funny business with JFrame, JPanel and JLabel

    All, I'm having some funny business creating instances of a Swing GUI app.

    My objective is to provide my user with a message while a process is busy doing some work. The controlling program is a created instance of a class ( Call it class1 ). This instance creates an instance of another class ( class2 ) where the constructor takes some time to do its work. While that constructor is busy, I want a message like "Listing contents of directory . . . . ", where the dots are slowly added as time goes by to show the user there is no lockup.

    In class1 I create a frame, panel and label. I add label to panel to frame. I pass the label to a threaded instance of a method that adds the message text to the label and slowly adds the dots. While that thread is running I instantiate class2, unthreaded. When that is finished, I interrupt the messaging thread and all is well.

    It works for the first instance of class 1. When I create a second instance of class1, the label does not show.

    I assume there is something fundamental that I am missing here. It does exactly what I want for the first instance of class1, but in following instances it does not show the label.

    The threaded method does run because I can see it in the standard output. It's just as if the label isn't there.

    NOW: My first instance of class1 is created by the static main method. When I create multiple instances of class 1 in the main method, it works. So I created another method in the main class, static, to start another instance of class 1. It fails as well.

    I'm sure someone knowledgeable can point me in the right direction.

    I reduced my code to the bare minimum to illustrate the problem. SHould run fine.

    Thanks all,
    Jeff C. New user.

    public class main {
    	public static void main (String[] args) { new FunnyJFrameBusiness(); }
    	public static void startAnother() { new FunnyJFrameBusiness(); }
    import java.lang.Thread;
    import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
    import java.awt.event.ActionListener;
    import java.awt.FlowLayout;
    import java.awt.Dimension;
    import javax.swing.JButton;
    import javax.swing.JFrame;
    import javax.swing.JLabel;
    import javax.swing.JPanel;
    import javax.swing.WindowConstants;
    public class FunnyJFrameBusiness {
    	public Init init;
    	public JFrame j;
    	public JPanel framePanel;
    	public JLabel tempLabel;
    	public ClickHandler click = new ClickHandler();
    // CONSTRUCTOR	****************************************************************
    	public FunnyJFrameBusiness( ) {
    	// Frame prep:
    		j = new JFrame("FunnyBizTest");
    		j.setLocation(100, 100);		
    		framePanel = new JPanel(new FlowLayout());
    		tempLabel = new JLabel();
    		Thread delayMsg = new Thread(new delayMessage( tempLabel, "   Waiting for initializer " ));
    		init = new Init();
    		JButton buttonClone = new JButton("Clone");
    		buttonClone.setSize(new Dimension(10,10));
    	} // END FunnyBiz CONSTRUCTOR
    // CLICKHANDLER ****************************************************************
    	public class ClickHandler implements ActionListener {
    		public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
    			if ( e.getActionCommand().equals("Clone") ) {
    		}  // END action performed method
    	}  // END of ClickHandler class
    	public class delayMessage implements Runnable {
    		public JLabel label;
    		public String msg, s1;
    		public long sleepTime = 250;
    		public delayMessage( JLabel l, String s) { label = l; msg = s; }
    		public void run() {	
    			System.out.println("In Threaded Labeler: ");
    			try {
    				while ( true ) {
    					s1 = msg;
    					for (  int i = 1; i <= 7; i++ ) {
    						s1 = s1+" .";
    			catch ( InterruptedException e ) { 
    				System.out.println("EXCEPTION: "+e);
    				System.out.println("Exiting threaded labeler");
    		}// END run()				
    	}// END runnable class
    	public class Init {
    	// Simply waits two seconds to emulate an initialization.		
    		public Init() {
    			try { Thread.sleep(2000); } 
    			catch (InterruptedException e) { System.out.println("Initialized");	}
    		}	// END Init constructor
    	}  // END init class
    }// END FunnyJFrameBusiness class
    Last edited by helloworld922; February 20th, 2010 at 03:53 PM. Reason: code tags use [], not {}

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    What a shame. Spam in the replies. Another internet resource corrupted.

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    Default Re: Funny business with JFrame, JPanel and JLabel

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffC View Post
    What a shame. Spam in the replies. Another internet resource corrupted.
    Indeed. If I had the power I would

    Back to the problem at hand, something funny is going on with your threading. At least in the case of your init to simulate initialization (waiting two seconds), you are essentially freezing the gui by putting the EDT to sleep. This does not happen initially because you are initializing on the main thread, and sleeping the main thread. However afterwards you create a new frame from the EDT. To demonstrate, change you main method to:

    	public static void main (String[] args) { 
    		SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable(){
    			public void run(){
    				new FunnyJFrameBusiness(); 
    And this first frame will behave similar to the second in your example. As a side note, you should place all calls to Swing updates from other threads onto the EDT using SwingUtilities (unless noted as thread safe in the documentation)

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    Default Re: Funny business with JFrame, JPanel and JLabel

    Dear copeg,

    Thanks for your genuine reply. This is somewhat over my head but I now have a direction to go in and something new to learn. Many thanks.

    Note that in the real init statement I created a File object and listed the directory. The sleep statement was only for demonstration, and also to distill the problem down to it's fundamentals.

    Regardless, I think you've put me on the right path.

    Thanks again,
    Jeff C.

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