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// @author Jim White <>

import groovy.swing.SwingBuilder

import java.awt.BorderLayout
import javax.swing.JFrame
import java.awt.GridLayout
import java.awt.Color {
    myFrame = frame(title: 'SwingThreading', pack: true, defaultCloseOperation: JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE) {
        def lazyPanelsParent
        scrollPane(constraints: BorderLayout.CENTER, preferredSize: [500, 300]) {
            lazyPanelsParent = panel(layout: new GridLayout(0, 1, 5, 5)) {
        panel(constraints: BorderLayout.NORTH) {
            button(text: 'Build One', actionPerformed: {
                println 'Pressed'

 * Create a Swing panel in the background using SwingBuilder.
 * This can be called from any thread.
def buildInTheBackground(parentPanel) {
    // If we are not already on the EDT, static will do that for us.
    // In the case of an event handler like the actionPerformed for the button, then naturally
    // we're on the EDT already and the building will continue immediately. {
        def statusMessage = label(border: lineBorder(color:Color.RED, thickness:4))

        // Notice that the parameter to setStatus() is declared as String.
        // That way if code uses a GString it gets rendered at the time (and on the
        // thread) of the call.  If we don't do that then it might get deferred,
        // by which time the results that the GString will produce may change and
        // could be in a race (results varying with execution order and maybe invalid).
        // Also the context here is that the caller is the work environment and that
        // operations on the EDT are to be quick and determinate for display only.

        def setStatus = { String msg -> println msg; statusMessage.setText(msg) }

        // We can change the shown Swing tree here because we're on the EDT.


        // Put the message at the top of the list if we use index = 0.
        // Use plain parentPanel.add(statusMessage) if you want the end of the list.
        parentPanel.add(statusMessage, 0)

        // Component.validate() must be called after any changes that affect layout
        // on realized (shown) AWT/Swing trees.

        doOutside {
            // Now we're off on our own thread.

            // To change the display, be sure to run that code on the EDT.
            edt { setStatus('Working outside') }

            // That will wait, which isn't really necessary here.
            // For more parallelism, use doLater.
            // doLater { setStatus('Working outside') }

            // Here we do our lengthy work.
            def powerData = [* 0..5].collect {power -> [* 0..10].collect { Math.pow(it, power) } }

            // SwingBuilding may take a while too.
            def newPanel = panel(minimumSize: [250, 250], border: lineBorder(color:Color.BLUE, thickness:2)) {
                edt { setStatus("Building new panel") }

                tableLayout {
                    powerData.each {row -> tr { row.each {cell -> td { textField(cell.toString()) } } } }

            edt { setStatus("New panel ready") }

            // Back to the EDT for fiddling with the Swing tree.

            doLater {
                setStatus("Adding new panel")

                // We're gonna remove the widget used for the new panel's progress indication.
                // An alternate (and simpler) way to get this effect is to put the status
                // in a panel that doesn't get removed.  But this method is shown because
                // it is fairly general in that the status indicator can have a utility
                // layout that gets removed when done and so doesn't impact the customized
                // structure desired for the application.

                // We may not be the zeroth child (beginning of list) anymore.
                // (Or end of list either, if that's where we started.)
                def idx = (parentPanel.components as List).indexOf(statusMessage)
                parentPanel.add(newPanel, idx)

// Cute groovyism, but we don't need the extra overhead.
//                parentPanel.with {
//                    //  We may not be the zeroth child anymore.
//                    def idx = (components as List).indexOf(statusMessage)
//                    remove(idx)
//                    add(newPanel, idx)
//                    validate()
//                }

//            myFrame.pack()