<Swing Dev> 6303622: Generics: JComboBox: get/setSelectedItem(Object)
fbrunnerlist at gmx.ch
Sun Dec 13 15:44:31 PST 2009
I start here a new thread for the "get/setSelectedItem(Object) methods of JComboBox and
After further analysis of the code and your sample application I think we can and should generify
the get/setSelectedItem(Object) methods of JComboBox and ComboBoxModel.
Yes, the Javadoc says that JComboBox/ ComboBoxModel supports selected values not managed by the
underlying list model. But this does not prohibit to optionally limit the type by using generics und
thus to increase type safety.
If you need to allow other types from editor than the ones in the list model, you still can use:
JComboBox<Object> (or JComboBox, but this is not recommended)
So there should be no backward compatibility problem.
When using a JComboBox, usually you are interested in the selected value and since you want to do
something with it you expect it to have some specific type. So if we generify the
get/setSelectedItem(Object), you can profit from that in most cases.
Even in cases where you have an initial text in an editable combo box you can profit from that, if
you use a "null" value as the selected value, which according to the API is used for "no selection",
and a custom editor for rendering that null value. (see attachement; I used your sample application
as a base; delete the text to set the selected value to null again).
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