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    nirkbirk is offline Member
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    Default Fetch text from TextField for use in an ActionEvent

    Hi, I'm wiriting a small Java Hangman game and have run into a problem. I have a TextField that I'm using as a user input to guess a letter, however, I was having difficulty fetching the contents of the TextField for use in the ActionEvent. I managed to work out a quick and messy solution, but was wondering if there is a better way to do it? I have a feeling I'm doing something horribly wrong.

    The inputLetter variable is the TextField that the actionListener is set to.
    Java Code:

    Java Code:
    	public Hangman()
    		Label welcome;
    		TextField guessWord;
    		TextField inputLetter;
    		setLayout(new FlowLayout());
    		welcome = new Label("Welcome to hangman. Enter a letter to begin guessing!");
    		inputLetter = new TextField(1);
    		guessWord = new TextField(30);
    		//Sample word array [replace with words read in from text file?]
    		String[] wordArray = {"excellent", "mindblowing","wonderful", "java", "program"};
    		//Choose random word
    		String thisWord = chooseRand.choose(wordArray);
    		String secretWord = thisWord;
    		char[] secretWordArray; //Create empty array to hold characters
    		secretWordArray = secretWord.toCharArray(); //convert secretWord String to array of characters
    		for(int i=0; i<secretWordArray.length; i++) {
    			* This code runs through secretWordArray and replaces each
    			* character with underscores to represent
    			* missing or hidden letters
    			secretWordArray[i] = '_';
    		secretWord = new String(secretWordArray);
    		* secretWord is now a string of underscores
    		* thisWord is still the original word
    	public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent event)
    		//Following code fetches the user input.
    		//VERY unhappy with this code!!
    		Object	inputLetter = event.getSource();
    		String testLetter = inputLetter.toString();
    		char testChar = testLetter.charAt(48); //48 is the index of the string where the character is held
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks! Oh, and first post :)

    EDIT: I don't know why, but lines 38 to 42 are commented out on this site. They shouldn't be!
    Last edited by nirkbirk; 03-01-2012 at 01:47 PM.

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    Tolls is offline Moderator
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    Default Re: Fetch text from TextField for use in an ActionEvent

    You'll need to make the TextField an attribute of the Hangman class so you can refer to it in the actionPerformed method.
    Of course you could simply make the TextField final and instead of implementing ActionListener in the hangman class use an anonymous inner class:
    Java Code:
    inputLetter.addActionListener( new ActionListener() {
    ... implement methods here ...
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