How to delete JavaFX TableView rows when a Button is pressed

As a note to self, I just used this code to delete rows from a JavaFX TableView in a Scala application:

import java.util
import java.util.Optional
import javafx.collections.ObservableList
import javafx.event.{ActionEvent, EventHandler}
import javafx.scene.control.Alert.AlertType
import javafx.scene.control.{Alert, ButtonType, TableView}

import com.alvinalexander.notes.Note
import com.alvinalexander.notes.db.Database

class DeleteNotesEventHandler(tableView: TableView[Note], db: Database)
    extends EventHandler[ActionEvent] {

    def handle(event: ActionEvent) {
        val tableViewSelectedItems: ObservableList[Note] = tableView.getSelectionModel.getSelectedItems

        // show an "Are you sure?" confirmation dialog
        if (tableViewSelectedItems.size() > 0) {
            val alert = new Alert(AlertType.CONFIRMATION)
            if (tableViewSelectedItems.size==1) {
                alert.setTitle("Delete Note?")
                alert.setContentText("Delete the selected note?")
            else {
                alert.setTitle("Delete Notes?")
                alert.setContentText("Delete the selected notes?")

            val result: Optional[ButtonType] = alert.showAndWait
            if (result.get() == ButtonType.OK) {
                val allTableViewItems: ObservableList[Note] = tableView.getItems

    private def deleteNotesFromDb(selectedItems: ObservableList[Note]): Unit = {
        // this approach is a bit of a hack b/c selectedItems can't be
        // used in a for-expression (doesn't have a foreach method)
        val it: util.Iterator[Note] = selectedItems.iterator
        while (it.hasNext) {
            val note =


The only trick in this is from a Scala perspective: The JavaFX ObservableList class doesn’t have a foreach method, so you have to do something like getting an iterator from it to determine the TableView rows (items) that have been selected.

Also, note that my delete button event handler is triggered because I call setOnAction like this:

deleteNoteButton.setOnAction(new DeleteNoteEventHandler(tableView, db))

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