John M John M - 8 days ago 6
Java Question

Preserve JTable selection across TableModel change

We're seeing

JTable
selection get cleared when we do a
fireTableDataChanged()
or
fireTableRowsUpdated()
from the
TableModel
.

Is this expected, or are we doing something wrong? I didn't see any property on the
JTable
(or other related classes) about clearing/preserving selection on model updates.

If this is default behavior, is there a good way to prevent this? Maybe some way to "lock" the selection before the update and unlock after?

The developer has been experimenting with saving the selection before the update and re-applying it. It's a little slow.

This is Java 1.4.2 on Windows XP, if that matters. We're limited to that version based on some vendor code we use.

Answer

You need to preserve the selection and then re-apply it.

First of all you will need to get a list of all the selected cells.

Then when you re-load the JTable with the new data you need to programmatically re-apply those same selections.

The other point I want to make is, if the number or rows or columns in your table are increasing or decreasing after each table model reload, then please don't bother preserving the selection.

The user could have selected row 2 column 1 having a value say "Duck", before model updation. But after model updation that same data can now occur in row 4 column 1, and your original cell row 2 column 1 could have new data such as "Pig". Now if you forcibly set the selection to what it was before the model updation, this may not be what the user wanted.

So programmatically selecting cells could be a double edged sword. Don't do it, if you are not sure.

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