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Really strange behavior in an ArrayList

Kevin Cuzner

Joined: Apr 13, 2009
Posts: 1
I am making a small program for one of my CS classes that basically demonstrates mastery of java and programming and such. I have been programming for slightly over a decade, so I assumed that as long as I read the manual I would do fine. This program lets the user create shapes on a board, drag them around, and resize them. I have all of those operations working except for a small bug in the dragging that I cannot seem to work out.

I use an arraylist to store all my shapes that are currently being displayed. At all times the shapes have to be depth sorted with the lowest y values being at the back. To do this I created a Comparable which does a comparison on the shape's position. I then sort the Arraylist using this every time I make a change to the positions of the shapes. However, if I click on a shape with a high y value and move it up, it then acts like a kind of pushbar and pushes all shapes that match it's y at any given time to keep going with it. I don't understand how this can happen. My code can only support modifying one object at once, but it seems to be modifying all objects that don't match a certain condition. Can anyone explain this to me?

EDIT: I just commented out the sort lines and it works properly. That points to the sorter as the culprit. Can a sorter place two items "next" to eachother in a 1D array like an ArrayList? That doesn't exactly seem intuitive.

My MouseAdapter and Comparator (they are inside a class which contains the ArrayList shapes along with the booleans fill and mode:
Martijn Verburg

Joined: Jun 24, 2003
Posts: 3275

Hi Kevin and welcome to Javaranch!

A couple of random hints

1.) What does the Javadoc for ArrayList say about maintaining order?
2.) Have you printed out the contents of your ArrayList before/after you sort? What happens?

Let us know how you get on!

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