Programmer 400 Programmer 400 - 1 year ago 42
Java Question

Deprecated method, what to use instead?

The method

in class Windows for java.awt in deprecated. What can I use instead?

package adventure;
import java.awt.*;

import java.awt.image.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.applet.*;
// Infogar testkommentar mvh Holger 2012-06-20 kl 19.03
public class Adventure extends Frame {
private static final long serialVersionUID=100L;
public Adventure() {
setSize(850, 440);
World world = new DungeonWorld ( this );

Person me = new Person( world, "You", null );
add( new Player( world, me ) );
addWindowListener(new MyWindowAdapter ());

class MyWindowAdapter extends WindowAdapter {

public void windowClosing (WindowEvent e) {

// Load an image from the net, making sure it has already been
// loaded when the method returns
public Image loadPicture ( String imageName ) {
Image im = null;

// Load the image from the net
try {
URL imageSource = new URL( ""
+ imageName );

try {
im = createImage( (ImageProducer) imageSource.getContent());
} catch (IOException e) {}

} catch (MalformedURLException e ) { }

// Wait to ensure that the image is loaded
MediaTracker imageTracker = new MediaTracker( this );
imageTracker.addImage( im, 0 );
try {
imageTracker.waitForID( 0 );
catch( InterruptedException e ) { }

return im;

// Load and play a sound from /usr/local/hacks/sounds/

public void playSound (String name) {
URL u = null;

try {
u = new URL("file:" + "/usr/local/hacks/sounds/" + name + ".au");
} catch (MalformedURLException e ) { }

AudioClip a = Applet.newAudioClip(u);;

public static void main (String[] args) {
new Adventure();


Let's read the Java API for Window#show(): here

public void show()

Deprecated. As of JDK version 1.5, replaced by setVisible(boolean).

Makes the Window visible. If the Window and/or its owner are not yet displayable, both are made displayable. The Window will be validated prior to being made visible. If the Window is already visible, this will bring the Window to the front.

So you should use Window#setVisible(boolean) - for show() use setVisible(true).


In some environments just replacing show() with setVisible(true) changes the behavior of the application. This happens, when you wrote a subclass of Window that overrides show() (same for hide()).

So in your code example setVisible(true) does exactly the same as show(). But in general, just be certain, that no one overrides show() which wouldn't be executed anymore when using setVisible(true). In such a case, you have to change the overriden methods, too.