Re: Swing - Date picker etc.

Knute Johnson <>
Mon, 21 Apr 2008 18:05:30 -0700
<480d39da$0$1591$> wrote:

I have been writing a Swing application and I am under obligation to
use a date picking component. In pure java Swing there are no such
components. Because my application will be used in commercial
environment it must be for free. I have found one useful component on
GNU LGPL Licence - JCalendar (
index.html). Others, which I have found were not free. Maybe someone
of you had similar problem and found a good solution.

Best regards,

This is a work in progress but you are welcome to it. Please if you
make any good modifications to it, send them to me so I can continue to
improve it.

// JDateChooser
// Written by: Knute Johnson
// Date Version Modification
// --------- -------
// 04 jun 05 01.00 incept
// Constructor Summary
// JDateChooser()
// Creates a new JDateChooser with today's date displayed
// JDateChooser(GregorianCalendar gc)
// Creates a new JDateChooser with the specified date displayed
// Method Summary
// GregorianCalendar getCalendar()
// Gets the selected date
// void setCalendar(GregorianCalendar gc)
// Sets and display's the specified date
// static GregorianCalendar showDialog(Component comp)
// Displays a JDateChooser in a modal JDialog and returns the
// selected date or null if dismissed.
// static GregorianCalendar showDialog(Component
comp,GregorianCalendar gc)
// Displays a JDateChooser in a modal JDialog with the
specified date
// and returns the selected date or null if dismissed.

import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.text.*;
import java.util.*;
import javax.swing.*;

public class JDateChooser extends JComponent {
     private static final String[] dayStr =
     private final String[] dayStr;

     private final String[] monthStr;
     private static final String[] monthStr =

     private GregorianCalendar gc;
     private int thisYear,thisMonth,today;
     private int selectedDay;

     private JButton previousButton,nextButton;
     private JLabel[] dayOfWeekLabels = new JLabel[7];
     private JLabel[] dayOfMonthLabels = new JLabel[42];
     private JLabel monthYearLabel;

     private static JDialog dialog;
     private static GregorianCalendar retcod;

     private final Locale locale;

     public JDateChooser() {
         this(new GregorianCalendar(),Locale.getDefault());

     public JDateChooser(GregorianCalendar calendar, Locale locale) {
         gc = calendar;
         thisYear = gc.get(Calendar.YEAR);
         thisMonth = gc.get(Calendar.MONTH);
         today = selectedDay = gc.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH);

         this.locale = locale;
         DateFormatSymbols dfs = DateFormatSymbols.getInstance(locale);
         monthStr = dfs.getMonths();

         setLayout(new GridBagLayout());

         GridBagConstraints c = new GridBagConstraints();
         c.gridx = c.gridy = 0; c.insets = new Insets(2,2,2,2);
         c.weightx = 1.0;

         c.anchor = GridBagConstraints.WEST;
         previousButton = new JButton("<");
         previousButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
             public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {
                 int mon = gc.get(Calendar.MONTH);
                 if (selectedDay >
                     selectedDay = 1;

         ++c.gridx; c.anchor = GridBagConstraints.CENTER;
         monthYearLabel = new JLabel(" ",JLabel.CENTER);

         ++c.gridx; c.anchor = GridBagConstraints.EAST;
         nextButton = new JButton(">");
         nextButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
             public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {
                 int mon = gc.get(Calendar.MONTH);
                 if (selectedDay >
                     selectedDay = 1;

         MouseListener ml = new MouseAdapter() {
             public void mouseClicked(MouseEvent me) {
                 JLabel dayLabel = (JLabel)me.getSource();
                 String str = dayLabel.getText();
                 try {
                     int num = Integer.parseInt(str);
                     selectedDay = num;
                 } catch (NumberFormatException nfe) {

         c.gridx = 0; ++c.gridy; c.gridwidth = 3;
         c.anchor = GridBagConstraints.CENTER;
         JPanel panel = new JPanel(new GridLayout(7,7,1,1));

         for (int i=0; i<dayStr.length; i++) {
             dayOfWeekLabels[i] = new JLabel(dayStr[i],JLabel.CENTER);

         dayStr = dfs.getShortWeekdays();
         int firstDay = gc.getFirstDayOfWeek();
         for (int i=0; i<7; i++) {
             int x = firstDay + i;
             if (i == 6)
                 x = firstDay == Calendar.MONDAY ? Calendar.SUNDAY :
             dayOfWeekLabels[i] =
              new JLabel(dayStr[x].toUpperCase(),JLabel.CENTER);

         for (int i=0; i<dayOfMonthLabels.length; i++) {
             dayOfMonthLabels[i] = new JLabel(" ",JLabel.CENTER);



     private void drawCalendar() {
         int month = gc.get(Calendar.MONTH);
         int year = gc.get(Calendar.YEAR);

         monthYearLabel.setText(monthStr[month].toUpperCase() + " " +

         int firstDayOfMonth = gc.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_WEEK);
         if (gc.getFirstDayOfWeek() == Calendar.MONDAY)

         int day = 1;
         for (int i=0; i<42; i++) {
             if (i >= (firstDayOfMonth - 1) &&
i<(gc.getActualMaximum(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH)+firstDayOfMonth-1)) {
                 if (day == today && month == thisMonth && year == thisYear)
                 if (day == selectedDay)
                     dayOfMonthLabels[i].setBackground(new Color(0xa0a0a0));
             } else {
                 dayOfMonthLabels[i].setText(" ");
                 dayOfMonthLabels[i].setBackground(new Color(0xe0e0e0));

     public GregorianCalendar getCalendar() {
         return new GregorianCalendar(gc.get(Calendar.YEAR),

     public void setCalendar(GregorianCalendar calendar) {
         gc = calendar;

     public static GregorianCalendar showDialog(Component comp) {
         return showDialog(comp, new

     public static GregorianCalendar showDialog(Component comp,
      GregorianCalendar calendar,Locale locale) {
         GridBagConstraints c = new GridBagConstraints();
         c.gridx = c.gridy = 0; c.insets = new Insets(2,2,2,2);

         c.gridwidth = 2;
         JFrame f = new JFrame();
         dialog = new JDialog(f,"Select Date",true);
         dialog.setLayout(new GridBagLayout());
         dialog.addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
             public void windowClosing(WindowEvent we) {
                 retcod = null;
         final JDateChooser dc = new JDateChooser(calendar,locale);

         ++c.gridy; c.gridwidth = 1; c.anchor = GridBagConstraints.WEST;
         JButton okButton = new JButton(" OK ");
         okButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
             public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {
                 retcod = dc.getCalendar();

         ++c.gridx; c.anchor = GridBagConstraints.EAST;
         JButton cancelButton = new JButton("Cancel");
         cancelButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
             public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {
                 retcod = null;


         return retcod;

     public void setFont(Font font) {
         for (int i=0; i<dayOfWeekLabels.length; i++)
         for (int i=0; i<dayOfMonthLabels.length; i++)

     public static void main(String[] args) {
         Runnable r = new Runnable() {
             public void run() {
                 final JDateChooser dc = new JDateChooser();
                 final JFrame f = new JFrame();
                 f.setLayout(new FlowLayout());
                 final JButton b = new JButton("DateChooser");
                 b.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
                     public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {


Knute Johnson
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