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Using Observable/Observer

 
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The interface java.util.Observer has a method


This is called when a state change occurs in the Observable.
I came across this
Sun Tutorial, but am still unclear as to how do you pass the entire state information using just one Object variable.

Has anyone come across a similar situation...?

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Object is the ultimate superclass of all other classes; therefore you can pass anything at all: a String describing the change, a special class you've defined for this purpose, an array of Lists of Maps full of interesting data... anything.
 
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
Object is the ultimate superclass of all other classes; therefore you can pass anything at all: a String describing the change, a special class you've defined for this purpose, an array of Lists of Maps full of interesting data... anything.



You are right. I was thinking about implementation specific issues, such as if one were to pass a List of states that changed, then the Observer would have to parse the list and figure out what changed etc...a little more expensive than I had thought initially...

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Originally posted by V Bose:


You are right. I was thinking about implementation specific issues, such as if one were to pass a List of states that changed, then the Observer would have to parse the list and figure out what changed etc...a little more expensive than I had thought initially...

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Which is a good reason to create your own implementation of Observer to suit your needs. You don't have to use java.util.Observer or java.util.Observable to do so.
 
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Note the other form of this method that leaves the arbitrary object off. Then I think we'd expect the observer to call the observable and ask what changed or just get all the latest state.
 
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