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What this is

This file is part of the Tame Swing collection that we have compiled. All of the Java source code in these examples was created by Nobuo Tamemasa. As these examples have become hard to find on the internet, we have put them in one place here, supported by minimal advertising. In time we will include images of each running sample Java/Swing application.

The intent of having these files here is to help you learn Java and Swing by example, and Tame certainly created some terrific examples of the power of the Swing framework.

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The source code

/* (swing1.1) */
package tame.examples;

import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import java.awt.event.MouseAdapter;
import java.awt.event.MouseEvent;
import java.awt.event.WindowAdapter;
import java.awt.event.WindowEvent;
import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.text.ParseException;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Locale;

import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JPanel;
import javax.swing.JScrollPane;
import javax.swing.JTable;
import javax.swing.table.JTableHeader;
import javax.swing.table.TableColumnModel;

import tame.table.SortButtonRenderer;
import tame.table.SortableTableModel;

@author Nobuo Tamemasa
@version 1.0 02/25/99
public class SortableTableExample extends JPanel {

  public SortableTableExample(){
    setLayout(new BorderLayout());
    String[] headerStr = {"Name","Date","Size","Dir"};
    int[] columnWidth = {100,150,100,50};

    SortableTableModel dm = new SortableTableModel() {
      public Class getColumnClass(int col) {
        switch (col) {
          case  0: return String.class;
          case  1: return Date.class;
          case  2: return Integer.class;
          case  3: return Boolean.class;
          default: return Object.class;
      public boolean isCellEditable(int row, int col) {
        switch (col) {
          case  1: return false;
          default: return true;
      public void setValueAt(Object obj, int row, int col) {
        switch (col) {
          case  2: super.setValueAt(new Integer(obj.toString()), row, col); return;
          default: super.setValueAt(obj, row, col); return;
    dm.setDataVector(new Object[][]{
      {"b"   ,getDate("98/12/02"),new Integer(14),new Boolean(false)},
      {"a"   ,getDate("99/01/01"),new Integer(67),new Boolean(false)},
      {"d"   ,getDate("99/02/11"),new Integer(2) ,new Boolean(false)},
      {"c"   ,getDate("99/02/27"),new Integer(7) ,new Boolean(false)},
      {"foo" ,new Date()         ,new Integer(5) ,new Boolean(true)},
      {"bar" ,new Date()         ,new Integer(10),new Boolean(true)}},

    JTable table = new JTable(dm);
    SortButtonRenderer renderer = new SortButtonRenderer();
    TableColumnModel model = table.getColumnModel();
    int n = headerStr.length;
    for (int i=0;i<n;i++) {

    JTableHeader header = table.getTableHeader();
    header.addMouseListener(new HeaderListener(header,renderer));
    JScrollPane pane = new JScrollPane(table);
    add(pane, BorderLayout.CENTER);

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    JFrame f= new JFrame("SortableTable Example");
    f.getContentPane().add(new SortableTableExample(), BorderLayout.CENTER);
    f.setSize(400, 160);
    f.addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
      public void windowClosing(WindowEvent e) {System.exit(0);}

  private static DateFormat dateFormat =
    DateFormat.getDateInstance(DateFormat.SHORT, Locale.JAPAN);

  private static Date getDate(String dateString) {
    Date date = null;
    try {
      date = dateFormat.parse(dateString);
    } catch(ParseException ex) {
      date = new Date();
    return date;

  class HeaderListener extends MouseAdapter {
    JTableHeader   header;
    SortButtonRenderer renderer;

    HeaderListener(JTableHeader header,SortButtonRenderer renderer) {
      this.header   = header;
      this.renderer = renderer;

    public void mousePressed(MouseEvent e) {
      int col = header.columnAtPoint(e.getPoint());
      int sortCol = header.getTable().convertColumnIndexToModel(col);

      if (header.getTable().isEditing()) {

      boolean isAscent;
      if (SortButtonRenderer.DOWN == renderer.getState(col)) {
        isAscent = true;
      } else {
        isAscent = false;
        .sortByColumn(sortCol, isAscent);

    public void mouseReleased(MouseEvent e) {
      int col = header.columnAtPoint(e.getPoint());
      renderer.setPressedColumn(-1);                // clear


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