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Thread: JComboBox selection not showing item from object array

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    Default JComboBox selection not showing item from object array

    Hello I am trying to make a program where there is an array of strings which is filled with text from a jtextfield and put into a combobox. There is also an array of objects which is filled with items from a jlist. When you pick a string from the jcombobox, I want it so that the corresponding objects are displayed in three labels below the combobox.

    Here is my code for the action events

    /* This is what my string and object arrays are declared as at the top of my source code
    private Object[]  data= new Object[100];
    private String[] person = new String[100];
    public void actionPerformed( ActionEvent event ) {
      if ( event.getSource()== b2 )
      cardManager.show( deck, "c1" );
      else if ( event.getSource()== b3 )
      cardManager.show( deck, "c2" );
      else if ( event.getSource()== b4 )
      cardManager.show( deck, "c3" );
            else if ( event.getSource()== b1)
                    person[custIndex] = t1.getText();
                    Object data[] = table.getSelectedValues(); 
      public void itemStateChanged( ItemEvent event) {
        if (event.getStateChange()== ItemEvent.SELECTED ){
                     for (ct= 0; ct<data.length; ct++){
    names is my JComboBox, and adding the person string array to the combobox is working fine when I click b1, but my ItemEvent listener does not set the label to the corresponding item in the object array data. I am using only one label just to test if it works, but it seems that my object array has no value when it is called in itemlistener. I have added the itemlistener to my combobox. My JList is table.

    When I use a System.out.println() statement, it shows that the value of any item in the combobox is null, so I am not sure why my ItemListener is not setting it to the corresponding index of the object data array.

    It seems to be working when I put :

    for (ct= 0; ct<data.length; ct++){

    into the actionlistener for the b1 button, but when I put this for loop in my ItemListener, it does nothing.

    Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
    Last edited by oper125; November 23rd, 2010 at 04:18 PM. Reason: fixed code

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    Default Re: JComboBox selection not showing item from object array

    If you look over your code you will realise hat youhave deffined Data to be a local variable within b1 event, so as soon as the b1 event i over, you data object gets destroyed so it will not be picked up by you ItemListener. I'm going to assume you have a global variable called data too, which when you create the local variable data you mask. So remove this local variable declaration and it should work fine.


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