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Drake Silver
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Joined: Apr 21, 2002
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Hi, I'm wondering about how exactly you read an item from a list box.
I tried using the getSelectedIndex() and comparing to a string, but that didn't seem to work.
Could it be that I have to load the listbox items into an array, and from there compare with getSelectedIndex()?
any ideas would be helpful.

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Larry Jones

Joined: Oct 22, 2002
Posts: 24
If you're talking about a JList, I think this is what you're looking for:
String[] data = {"one", "two", "three", "four"};
JList dataList = new JList(data);
dataList.setSelectedIndex(1); // selects "two"

//Gets the item from the list
//You must cast it to a String
String item = (String)dataList.getSelectedValue();
if (item.equals("two"))
System.out.println(item);//prints two
Drake Silver
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Joined: Apr 21, 2002
Posts: 80
thankyou, I'll give that a try.
I just ran across getSelectedValue().
When would I use getselectedIndex() over getSelectedValue()?
Plus, what are the diff's good and bad about each.
[ November 10, 2002: Message edited by: Drake Silver ]
Gregg Bolinger
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Have you even bothered to look at the API for a JList or List yet?
You'll notice that getSelectedIndex() returns an INT and getSelectedValue() returns an OBJECT. That is the difference between the 2. There is not really a + or - to using either one. It depends on how you want to retrieve the data. However, if you are actually trying to retrieve the "String" of an item in your JList or List, use getSelectedValue() and cast the object to a String.

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