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Mary Kate

Joined: Jun 23, 2006
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I am new to swing. I want to know when the button is registered with action listener interface how is actionPerformed method is called.

For example
Jbutton b=new Jbutton("New");

public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e){

I want to know how this actionPerformed method is called.

Campbell Ritchie

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Whenever the button is clicked, it fires an ActionEvent (a little like throwing an Exception, but more benign).
The ActionEvent is sent to whichever listener is registered with the button, and that listener sets off its actionPerformed method, with whatever is inside it.
Campbell Ritchie

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. . . And if you haven't registered the listener properly, the ActionEvent disappears into the wild blue yonder never to be seen again . . .
Jared Cope
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Joined: Aug 18, 2004
Posts: 243
Hi Mary,

Originally posted by Mary Kate:

I want to know how this actionPerformed method is called.

This method is called by the operating system in response to the user doing something with the mouse or keyboard (and perhaps other input devices) on that button. In my experience I've never seen code written to call this method explicitly (if that is what you are wondering).

So for example if your program is running on Windows, and you click on a JButton with your mouse, Windows will talk to the JVM giving it details of what just happened. The JVM will build the ActionEvent object and pass it into this method. Then this method will run giving you the chance to do something in response to the user clicking the button.

Hope that gives you a bit of an idea.

Cheers, Jared.

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