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    Default Button ActionListener actionPerformed

    In the following code I can't understand how actionPerformed method executes
    I know that addActionListener submit to the my object a listener, but how my object Invoke actionPerformed methods when an action occurs

    Thanks in advance
    my code
    Java Code:
    import javax.swing.*;
    public class MyButton implements ActionListener{
        JButton buttuon =new JButton();
        JFrame frame = new JFrame();
        public  void go(){
            buttuon.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
        public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
                    long l =e.getWhen();
                    Object ob1 = e.getSource();
                    String str = ""+ob1;
                    buttuon.setText( e.toString());
            frame.setSize(300, 400);
        public static void main(String args[]){
            MyButton butt = new MyButton();
    this method of AbstractButton class
    Java Code:
     public void addActionListener(ActionListener l) {
            listenerList.add(ActionListener.class, l);
    This method of javax.​swing.​event.​EventListenerList
    Java Code:
         * Adds the listener as a listener of the specified type.
         * @param t the type of the listener to be added
         * @param l the listener to be added
        public synchronized <T extends EventListener> void add(Class<T> t, T l) {
            if (l==null) {
                // In an ideal world, we would do an assertion here
                // to help developers know they are probably doing
                // something wrong
            if (!t.isInstance(l)) {
                throw new IllegalArgumentException("Listener " + l +
                                             " is not of type " + t);
            if (listenerList == NULL_ARRAY) {
                // if this is the first listener added,
                // initialize the lists
                listenerList = new Object[] { t, l };
            } else {
                // Otherwise copy the array and add the new listener
                int i = listenerList.length;
                Object[] tmp = new Object[i+2];
                System.arraycopy(listenerList, 0, tmp, 0, i);
                tmp[i] = t;
                tmp[i+1] = l;
                listenerList = tmp;
    How JVM check when a button fired
    thanks again

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    Default Re: Button ActionListener actionPerformed

    The JVM doesn't "check" if a button is fired. The mouse generates a click signal, the OS picks it up and figures out what program it should go to, the JVM receives it, the window toolkit decides what widget it should go to, and finally the Swing event loop calls actionPerformed(...) on your widget. This is called event-driven programming. Google that term to learn more.
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    Get in the habit of using standard Java naming conventions!

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