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JTable sorting for JSE 5.0

Jof Gronning

Joined: Aug 28, 2003
Posts: 3
Need to sort a JTable and the target platform is JSE 5.0
What is the best approach.
Can I use JSE 6.0 TableRowSorter (is this compatible with 5.0)
or do I have to write the code to do this?

Pavan Kumar Srinivasan

Joined: Sep 17, 2008
Posts: 27
I suppose you will have to decorate the existing model with a SortModel or extend the AbstractModel(First approach is definitely preferred)

Since you brought up the idea of sorting/filtering have a look at
Glazed Lists. It helps to accomplish such tasks very easiy.
Rob Spoor

Joined: Oct 27, 2005
Posts: 20275

I've written something similar once that only worked with DefaultTableModel. What it did was create an Object[] for each row, add those to a List, sort the List (using a Comparator<Object[]>, remove all rows and add all rows again but then sorted. Not quite elegant, and I'd say inefficient if the table has many rows.

There was also no visual signaling on the JTableHeader about which column was sorted last.

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Maneesh Godbole
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Joined: Jul 26, 2007
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I always build my table models from List(s) of custom objects.
In 1.5 I used to provide a custom Comparator which used to accept the column index and sort directon which were used by the compare method.
I also used "\u2191" and "\u2193" in my table header renderers to provide visual clues on last sorted column and sort direction.
By this approach, once you call Collections.sort() all you need to do is call fireTableDataChanged() to referesh the UI.
[ October 23, 2008: Message edited by: Maneesh Godbole ]

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Jof Gronning

Joined: Aug 28, 2003
Posts: 3
Hi and thanks all,
This is excellent. I also found some code called TableSorter that uses the Decorator pattern.
I agree. Here's the link:
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