AWT Button Action Handler at the Component Level

This section provides a tutorial example on how to create an AWT button to handle actions by adding the ActionListener interface to the button component.



One way to handle button actions is to add an action listener to the button object. An action listener is an object of any class that implements the ActionListener interface.

The following program shows you how to extend the Button class to implement the ActionListener class:

/* ButtonAction.java
 * Copyright (c) HerongYang.com. All Rights Reserved.
 */
import java.awt.Frame;
import java.awt.Button;
import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
import java.awt.event.ActionListener;
public class ButtonAction1 {
   public static void main(String[] a) {
      Frame f = new Frame("My AWT Button");
      Button b = new MyButton();
      f.add(b);
      f.pack();
      f.setVisible(true);
   }
   private static class MyButton extends Button 
      implements ActionListener {
       String text = "On";
       public MyButton() {
          super();
          setLabel(text);
          addActionListener(this);
       }
       public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
          if (text.equals("On")) text = "Off";
          else text = "On"; 
          setLabel(text);
       }
   }
}

If you run this example, you will get:

AWT Button Action Handler
AWT Button Action Handler

The button works well. If you click the button, the button label text will change from "On" to "Off"; and from "Off" to "On", if you click it again.



 

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 JDK (Java Development Kit)

 Introduction of Java Swing Package

 Graphics Environment of the Local System

 JFrame - Main Frame Class

 JLabel - Swing Label Class

 JButton - Swing Button Class

 JCheckBox - Swing Check Box Class

 JRadioButton - Swing Radio Button Class

 JTextField - Swing Text Field Class

 JComboBox - Swing Combo Box Class

 Menu Bar, Menus, Menu Items and Listeners

 Creating Internal Frames inside the Main Frame

 Layout of Components in a Container

 LookAndFeel and UIManager

 Option Dialog Boxes

 JEditorPane - The Editor Pane Class

 SwingWorker - The Background Task Worker

AWT (Abstract Windows Toolkit)

 What Is AWT (Abstract Windows Toolkit)

 HelloAWT.java - My First AWT Program

 Closing AWT Frame and Terminating Application

 Drawing Graphics - Using paint() on Frame or Component

 Creating Labels with java.awt.Label Class

 Creating Buttons with java.awt.Button Class

AWT Button Action Handler at the Component Level

 AWT Button Action Handler at the Frame Level

 AWT Button Mouse Click Handler at the Frame Level

 AWT TextField and ActionListener

 MenuBarTest.java - AWT Menu Bar Test Program

 MenuTest.java - AWT Menu Test Program

 MenuItemTest.java - AWT Menu Item Test Program

 MenuItemActionListenerTest.java - AWT Menu Item Action Listener

 Integration with Desktop System

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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