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Issue No: 179 12 August 2003
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Foreword: Excuse me for possible mistakes. English is not native language for me.

In this issue:
  • 1. The class Robot was introduced in Java version 1.3 and belongs to awt (java.awt.Robot). Why?
  • 2. What is jvmstat?
  • 3. What type of garbage collection does a System.gc() do?
  • 4. Latest posts on our message board
  • 5. Link to Java FAQ

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    Tip 1

    Question: The class Robot was introduced in Java version 1.3 and belongs to awt (java.awt.Robot). Why? I got an impression that all new GUI features come to Swing and Robot class is GUI related class...

    Answer: The reason is simple: The Swing toolkit is a fully-featured UI component library implemented entirely in the Java programming language. The Robot class is used to generate native system input events for the purposes of test automation, self-running demos, and other applications where control of the mouse and keyboard is needed. The primary purpose of Robot is to facilitate automated testing of Java platform implementations.

    Using the class to generate input events differs from posting events to the AWT event queue or AWT components in that the events are generated in the platform's native input queue. For example, Robot.mouseMove will actually move the mouse cursor instead of just generating mouse move events.

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    Tip 2

    Question: What is jvmstat?

    Answer: The jvmstat technology adds light weight performance and configuration instrumentation to the HotSpot JVM and provides a set of monitoring APIs and tools for monitoring the performance of the HotSpot JVM in production environments. The instrumentation is designed such that it is 'always on', yet has negligible performance impact. The monitoring interfaces added to the HotSpot JVM are proprietary and may or may not be supported in future versions of the HotSpot JVM.

    Tools include a general purpose command line tool called jvmstat, a java process list tool called jvmps, and a generational heap visualization tool called visualgc. Remote monitoring is supported via an RMI server application.

    The instrumented HotSpot JVM shipped with J2SE 1.4.1 as a technology preview. The instrumentation is disabled by default, but can be easily enabled through a command line argument. The tools included with this distribution can only monitor Java applications running on the HotSpot 1.4.1 JVM as distributed with Sun's J2SE 1.4.1 product.

    The jvmstat feature includes a number of tools:

    jvmstat - A tool to sample and log instrumentation

    jvmps - A tool providing a simple Java process listing

    visualgc - A tool to graphically display instrumentation

    perfagent - A server providing remote access to instrumentation

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    Tip 3

    Question: What type of garbage collection does a System.gc() do?

    Answer: An explicit request to do a garbage collection does a full collection (both young generation and tenured generation). A full collection is always done with the application paused for the duration of the collection.

    Latest posts on our message board
    Compositing(image and movie) in Java

    I would like to do some compositing in Java. Currently I'm using QuickTime for Java to do it. It is very easy. However I always get some runtime exception when I execute the program. So I want to switch to pure Java. I want to play a movie as the background, probably using JMF. Then do some animation with some images and text in front of the movie. Is this possible? Any advice or sample program?

    Thanks in advance.
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    JTabbedPane and focus issue

    Maybe I'm just doing things a bit different than anyone else and I'm wrong. Here's the deal: I have a focus traversal policy for each frame in my app. When I used a personally-created subclass of JTabbedPane it was trying to set focus on a component on a non-visible tab. So I fixed that problem by not allowing focus to go to non-visible tab panels.

    Now I want, on a tab change, to set focus on the first focusable component of the new tab. But at the time I get a change event to hook this call the old tab is still visible and the second one isn't.

    So my first fix...
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    How to realize my project

    I’m new on java and i should do a project to create an application to design Workflow on thin client (IE6) or a software and use Java Web Start. The design is base on the state-chart diagram. All the information concerning items (position, size) will be store under lotus Notes Documents.
    Each item (state, chart relations) will have different values selected from list. Each list will be fill in with informations descended from data contains under Lotus Notes documents.
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