Quick newbie Java programming question (idle, timers)

Discussion in 'Java' started by Starwynd, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. Starwynd

    Starwynd Guest

    Greetings all -

    I am working on programming a very very simple java application for
    fun - I am still learning java, and was curious of the best way to
    accomplish the following task -

    I want to be able to have my Java program run, and have the user be
    able to exit it at any time by typing an exit string ("exit") or
    something of like. But also, I have other things running on timers in
    the backgrounds - it's kind of a virtual reality game. While the game
    is running, I want it to update onscreen with different messages, such
    as "it is now evening" or "it is now noon", but still be able to
    accept user input at any time to terminate the program. I tried adding
    the system.exit(0) line to my timer such as this:

    import java.util.*;
    import java.io.*;

    public class ShortSnowUpdate extends TimerTask
    public ShortSnowUpdate()
    public void run()
    if (KeyboardReader.readInt() != 5)
    System.out.println("it is snowing");



    But this just sits there at the command prompt always waiting for user
    input, and not actually processing the update when it occurs once a
    minute (the timer event is scheduled in the manager thread to run once
    a minute, and display the message "it is snowing" to the screen). It
    obviously exits nicely when "5" is pressed, but it won't continue to
    give me the "it is snowing" message once a minute. I just need
    something that will let the program idle while responding to the
    timers, but also ending if the user inputs the end input (5 in this
    case) while not constantly prompting the user to enter something.Any
    ideas? I know this is probably something pretty simple! :)

    Starwynd, Nov 22, 2003
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  2. (Starwynd) writes:

    > if (KeyboardReader.readInt() != 5)

    Most likely, this is a blocking call. You need to put the message into
    a separate thread from the one you use to read the keyboard.
    Tor Iver Wilhelmsen, Nov 23, 2003
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