P. Myer Nore P. Myer Nore - 5 months ago 15
Java Question

Get the VK int from an arbitrary char in java

How do you get the VK code from a char that is a letter? It seems like you should be able to do something like

javax.swing.KeyStroke.getKeyStroke('c').getKeyCode()
, but that doesn't work (the result is zero). Everyone knows how to get the key code if you already have a KeyEvent, but what if you just want to turn chars into VK ints? I'm not interested in getting the FK code for strange characters, only [A-Z],[a-z],[0-9].

Context of this problem --------
All of the Robot tutorials I've seen assume programmers love to spell out words by sending keypresses with VK codes:


int keyInput[] = {
KeyEvent.VK_D,
KeyEvent.VK_O,
KeyEvent.VK_N,
KeyEvent.VK_E
};//end keyInput array



Call me lazy, but even with Eclipse this is no way to go about using TDD on GUIs. If anyone happens to know of a Robot-like class that takes strings and then simulates user input for those strings (I'm using FEST), I'd love to know.

Answer

Maybe this ugly hack:

Map<String, Integer> keyTextToCode = new HashMap<String, Integer>(256);
Field[] fields = KeyEvent.class.getDeclaredFields();
for (Field field : fields) {
    String name = field.getName();
    if (name.startsWith("VK_")) {
        keyTextToCode.put(name.substring("VK_".length()).toUpperCase(),
                          field.getInt(null));
    }
}

keyTextToCode would then contain the mapping from strings (e.g. "A" or "PAGE_UP") to vk codes.