Re: getting a null pointer, object is most definatly instantiated

Patricia Shanahan <>
Thu, 02 Nov 2006 00:23:31 GMT
Justin wrote:

class DxPrEdit extends JDialog implements ActionListener {

    DefaultListModel diagnosisListModel;
    String diagnosisIndex[][];
    JList diagnosisList;


    public void addWidgets(){

        diagnosisListModel = new DefaultListModel();
        JList diagnosisList = new JList(diagnosisListModel);


DataConnection is a class that connects to my database. It runs
queries returning the results in a DefaultListModel. The
diagnosisListModel is then populated by different elements of the
returned records. And, in turn, the JList, diagnosisList, is passed
diagnosisListModel to provide the selectable elements.

I am running into a problem when I try to set the selected object in
the JList. It is giving me a null pointer exception at the line where
I attempt to assign a value to the JList.

I also noticed, as I'm playing with it more, that the null pointer is
occuring as I close the dialog box.

As always, any and all help is greatly appreciated.

I could not find any assignments initializing the field diagnosisList.

The local variable diagnosisList in addWidgets is initialized with a
non-null value. Unqualified references to diagnosisList inside
addWidgets refer to the local variable, and should work.

Unqualified references to diagnosisList outside addWidgets refer to the
field, which is null.

If you don't intend to have a separate local variable diagnosisList
inside addWidgets, delete the "JList " from the start of its
declaration, turning it into an assignment to the field.


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