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    Default Non-static variable error now a package not found error

    Hello. I wrote a program to display a simple gui. In compiling, I got a "non-static variable cannot be referenced from a static context" error. I understand that error was because I needed to create an object of the class so my non-static variable can be properly referenced from the Main method.

    Having made what I thought were the fixes, I now get another error message telling me the object I just created causes a "package does not exist" error.

    I think the problem is that I still have not properly referenced the non-static variable. Can anyone tell me how to fix this?

    The code:
    Java Code:
    // A program to create a GUI displaying a message
    import java.awt.*;
    import java.awt.event.*;
    import javax.swing.*;
    public class GUI3 {
    	public class MyPanel extends JPanel {
    		private String currentText = "Hello Butt-wipes!";
    		private MessageDisplay displayPanel;
    		// creating the display panel
    		private class MessageDisplay extends JPanel {	
    			public void paintComponent(Graphics g) {
    				g.drawString(currentText, 20, 30);
    		// creating the event listener
    		private class Handler implements ActionListener {
    			public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
    				if (currentText.equals("Hello Butt-wipes!"))
    					currentText = "Smell you later!";
    					currentText = "Hello Butt-wipes!";
    				// each time an action event occurs, the 					                         // display panel is re-painted
    		// The constructor creates the components that will be contained inside this 
                             // panel, then adds the componets to the panel
    		public MyPanel() {
    			displayPanel = new MessageDisplay();
    			JButton changeBut = new JButton("Change Message");
    			Handler listen = new Handler();
    			// set the Layout Manager for the panel
    			setLayout(new BorderLayout());
    			add(displayPanel, BorderLayout.CENTER);
    			add(changeBut, BorderLayout.SOUTH);
    	public static void main(String[] args) {
    		GUI3 gt = new GUI3();       // trying to fix the "non-static variable cannot 
                                                                   // be referenced..." error, I create a GUI 3 object
    		JFrame window = new JFrame("GUI Test");
    		gt.MyPanel content = new gt.MyPanel();   // error message at this line
    		window.setSize(250, 100);
    		window.setLocation(100, 100);
    The error message tells me that the line
    gt.MyPanel content = new gt.MyPanel();
    has two errors in it: that package gt does not exist

    Interestingly, I can make this compile and run if I make the GUI3 class a separate file, and the Main method a separate file. When I do that, there is no "non-static variable cannot be referenced from a static context" error. So there are still parts of the making objects work together concept that I am not understanding.

    Any help is appreciated.

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    jim829 is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: Non-static variable error now a package not found error

    Syntax for line 53 is incorrect. Try this:

    Java Code:
    MyPanel content = MyPanel();
    Keep in mind that content is a local variable in main so an instance is not necessary to access it.

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    Default Re: Non-static variable error now a package not found error

    Hello. Thank you for your helpful reply. Your suggestion works - the code compiles and runs as it should.

    But now I have a new problem: I thought gt.MyPanel was the proper way to address the class MyPanel that is the gt instance of the GUI3 class.

    Now I have to go read some more about the dot operator.

    But thanks for your help.

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