Sunday, March 18, 2012

Developing a Simple Bean Using the BDK

Developing a Simple Bean Using the BDK:
This section presents an example that shows how to develop a simple Bean and
connect it to other components via the BDK.
Our new component is called the Colors Bean. It appears as either a rectangle or
ellipse that is filled with a color. A color is chosen at random when the Bean begins
execution. A public method can be invoked to change it. Each time the mouse is clicked
on the Bean, another random color is chosen. There is one boolean read/write property
that determines the shape.
The BDK is used to lay out an application with one instance of the Colors Bean and
one instance of the OurButton Bean. The button is labeled “Change.” Each time it is
pressed, the color changes.
Create a New Bean
Here are the steps that you must follow to create a new Bean:
1. Create a directory for the new Bean.
2. Create the Java source file(s).
3. Compile the source file(s).
4. Create a manifest file.
5. Generate a JAR file.
6. Start the BDK.
7. Test.
The following sections discuss each of these steps in detail.
Create a Directory for the New Bean
You need to make a directory for the Bean. To follow along with this example, create

c:\bdk\demo\sunw\demo\colors. Then change to that directory.

The Colors and OurButton Beans
Create the Source File for the New Bean
The source code for the Colors component is shown in the following listing. It is
located in the file
The import statement at the beginning of the file places it in the package named
sunw.demo.colors. Recall from Chapter 9 that the directory hierarchy corresponds to
the package hierarchy. Therefore, this file must be located in a subdirectory named
sunw\demo\colors relative to the CLASSPATH environment variable.
The color of the component is determined by the private Color variable color, and
its shape is determined by the private boolean variable rectangular.
The constructor defines an anonymous inner class that extends MouseAdapter and
overrides its mousePressed( ) method. The change( ) method is invoked in response to
mouse presses. The component is initialized to a rectangular shape of 200 by 100 pixels.
The change( ) method is invoked to select a random color and repaint the component.
The getRectangular( ) and setRectangular( ) methods provide access to the one
property of this Bean. The change( ) method calls randomColor( ) to choose a color and
then calls repaint( ) to make the change visible. Notice that the paint( ) method uses the
rectangular and color variables to determine how to present the Bean.

// A simple Bean.
package sunw.demo.colors;
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
public class Colors extends Canvas {
transient private Color color;
private boolean rectangular;
public Colors() {
addMouseListener(new MouseAdapter() {
public void mousePressed(MouseEvent me) {
rectangular = false;
setSize(200, 100);
public boolean getRectangular() {
return rectangular;
public void setRectangular(boolean flag) {
this.rectangular = flag;
public void change() {
color = randomColor();
private Color randomColor() {
int r = (int)(255*Math.random());
int g = (int)(255*Math.random());
int b = (int)(255*Math.random());
return new Color(r, g, b);
public void paint(Graphics g) {
Dimension d = getSize();
int h = d.height;
int w = d.width;
if(rectangular) {
g.fillRect(0, 0, w-1, h-1);
else {
g.fillOval(0, 0, w-1, h-1);
Compile the Source Code for the New Bean
Compile the source code to create a class file. Type the following:
Create a Manifest File
You must now create a manifest file. First, switch to the c:\bdk\demo directory. This
is the directory in which the manifest files for the BDK demos are located. Put the
source code for your manifest file in the file colors.mft. It is shown here:
Name: sunw/demo/colors/Colors.class
Java-Bean: True
This file indicates that there is one .class file in the JAR file and that it is a Java Bean.
Notice that the Colors.class file is in the package sunw.demo.colors and in the
subdirectory sunw\demo\colors relative to the current directory.
Generate a JAR File
Beans are included in the ToolBox window of the BDK only if they are in JAR files in the
directory c:\bdk\jars. These files are generated with the jar utility. Enter the following:
jar cfm ..\jars\colors.jar colors.mft sunw\demo\colors\*.class
This command creates the file colors.jar and places it in the directory c:\bdk\jars.
(You may wish to put this in a batch file for future use.)
Start the BDK
Change to the directory c:\bdk\beanbox and type run. This causes the BDK to start.
You should see three windows, titled ToolBox, BeanBox, and Properties. The ToolBox
window should include an entry labeled “Colors” for your new Bean.
Create an Instance of the Colors Bean
After you complete the preceding steps, create an instance of the Colors Bean in the
BeanBox window. Test your new component by pressing the mouse anywhere within
its borders. Its color immediately changes. Use the Properties window to change the
rectangular property from false to true. Its shape immediately changes.
Create and Configure an Instance of the OurButton Bean
Create an instance of the OurButton Bean in the BeanBox window. Then follow
these steps:
1. Go to the Properties window and change the label of the Bean to “Change”.
You should see that the button appearance changes immediately when this
property is changed.
2. Go to the menu bar of the BeanBox and select Edit | Events | action |
3. Move the cursor so that it is inside the Colors Bean display area, and click the
left mouse button. You should see the Event Target Dialog dialog box.
4. The dialog box allows you to choose a method that should be invoked when
this button is clicked. Select the entry labeled “change” and click the OK button.
You should see a message box appear very briefly, stating that the tool is
“Generating and compiling adaptor class.”
5. Click on the button. You should see the color change.
You might want to experiment with the Colors Bean a bit before moving on.


Create two Beans Traffic Light(implemented as a label with only three background colors-red, green, yellow) and Automobile(Implemented as a Text Box which states its state/movement). The state of the Automobile should depend on the following Light Transition table.

/*<applet code="Sig.class" height=300 width=200></applet>*/
import java.awt.*;
import java.lang.String;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.applet.Applet;
import java.applet.*;

public class Sig extends Applet implements ItemListener{
boolean c1,c2,c3;
String s1;
Checkbox r1,r2,r3;
CheckboxGroup cbg;
public void init(){
cbg=new CheckboxGroup();
Panel p=new Panel();
p.setLayout(new GridLayout());
add(r1=new Checkbox("red",cbg,false));
add(r2=new Checkbox("yellow",cbg,false));
add(r3=new Checkbox("green",cbg,false));
public void paint(Graphics g) {
g.drawOval(10, 30, 20, 20);
g.drawOval(10, 60, 20, 20);
g.drawOval(10, 90, 20, 20);
g.fillOval(10, 30, 20, 20);
else if(s1=="yellow")
g.fillOval(10, 60, 20, 20);
else if(s1=="green")
g.fillOval(10, 90, 20, 20);
public void itemStateChanged(ItemEvent ie) {

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