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Lesson 15 - JTable In Java Swing

In the previous lesson, Graphic Clock in Java Swing - Form Handling, we finished programming a graphic clock. The series is coming to an end, but we've already learned quite a lot. Today, we're going to take a look at an interesting component - JTable.


As you can guess by the name, JTable is used to display table values. Let's make a simple example displaying a list of people in a JTable. We'll get them from an ArrayList, in a real program, they'd be displayed e.g. from a database. The approach described below works the same for both data sources.

Designing the Form

Create a new project named JTable and put JTable and one JButton on the form. Name JTable as personsJTable and resize it


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In this tutorial, we'll program a simple Java Swing application using the JTable data table, learn to define a TableModel, and display the selected row.

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