Re: The invokeLater loop

Knute Johnson <>
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:48:49 -0800
On 1/30/2014 18:44, Stefan Ram wrote:

I wrote on 2013-05-10:

I invented what I call the ?invokeLater loop?:
class Object implements java.lang.Runnable
{ int i = 0;
public void run()
{ java.lang.System.out.println( i++ );
javax.swing.SwingUtilities.invokeLater( this ); }}
public class Main
{ public static void main( final java.lang.String[] args )
{ javax.swing.SwingUtilities.invokeLater( new Object() ); }}
What is it good for?

   I the meantime, I have actually used the invokeLater loop in
   an animation. From the functional requirements point of view,
   it did work. But it was by orders of magnitude slower than
   the same animation with a for loop. OTOH, the for loop blocks
   the EDT (if you do not want to start another thread, that is).
   So, I ended up using the for loop as an inner loop to do
   some iterations fast and then using invokeLater to call the
   next iterations of the for loop, so that the EDT gets some
   leeway to do other things. So I got my animation with a
   single thread of execution, running fast and the EDT still
   being responsive.

That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Calling invokeLater schedules a
task on the EDT. If you want something to run consistently, calling
invokeAndWait would make more sense. But given modern computers have
multiple processors with multiple cores, it really makes more sense to
use a separate thread and do active rendering off the EDT or to use
invokeAndWait and keep your rendering times short. Both will allow time
for the EDT to process other things and give you fast and smooth animation.


Knute Johnson

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