Re: Need simple example of how to safely pass data from worker to EDT swing threads.

Nigel Wade <>
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:27:22 +0000
On 06/12/12 15:07, wrote:

Hello Kinds Sirs,

I need a simple runnable example of a swing application that has a GUI with a jcombobox filled with a long list of name/value objects (eg 3000 employee names and numbers). There is also a worker process that reads in a record from a file/database, and then updates the gui jcombo box so that the employee item is "selected".

I was able to write something using java map and employee objects to set the selected item in the jcombo box, but if I invoke setSelectedItem in the worker thread, I get odd results/delays.

See below snippets... how should the worker thread pass the employee object back to the gui for it to setSelectedItem?
empBuffer= new Employee(id, lastName );
map.put(empBuffer.getId()+"",empBuffer );
myComboBox1.setModel(new javax.swing.DefaultComboBoxModel(model));
emp = (Employee) map.get(myData.getEmployeeNum());

Use SwingWorker and its publish()/process() and done() methods. Use
publish() in the background thread to add each element to a list of
objects to be processed by process(). In process() (which runs on the
EDT) add the elements to the JComboBox model. In done() select the
element you want in the JComboBox model.

Although this may not solve the problem you were previously having,
which is most likely caused by having too many objects in the JComboBox.
You will still have the same number of objects in the JComboBox when
SwingWorker.done() is completed.

When you open the JComboBox the EDT has to render all 3000 objects into
the popup list.

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