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Getting Rid of clipRect for paint()

Getting Rid of clipRect for paint()

Question:
When paint() iscalled, the clipRect of the Graphics obj may already be set to somethingsmaller than the full drawable region of the object (if, for instance, it’sa partial window-manager expose). What’s the right way for working aroundthis and being able to draw the entire object in paint()?

Answer:
You’re right, the clipping rectangle of the graphics context is set before acomponent’s paint() method is called. In case of partial window updates,the clipping rectangle is set to cover only the area that needs to be redrawn. Since graphics commands have no effect outside the clipping rectangle oftheir graphics context, Java would normally update only the piece that needsto be refreshed. However, to bypass this partial update and make sure thatthe entire component is drawn every time, you can save the original graphicscontext during the first call to paint and then reuse it in subsequent calls. For example, the following program saves the graphics context when paint isfirst called and just recycles it.

import java.awt.*;import java.io.*;public class ClipTest {        public static void main(String argv[]) {                Frame f = new Frame(“cliptest”);                f.setLayout(new BorderLayout());                // add an X-drawing canvas                DrawX s = new DrawX(180, 180);                f.add(“North”, s);                f.pack();                f.show();        }}class DrawX extends Canvas {        int width, height;        Graphics g = null;              // initially set the Graphics object to null        // Draw a big X of the specfied width and height                public DrawX(int w, int h) {                width = w;                height = h;        }        public Dimension minimumSize() {                return new Dimension(width, height);        }        public Dimension preferredSize() {                return minimumSize();        }        public void paint(Graphics g1) {                //                // print the boundaries of the current clipRect for comparison                //                Rectangle r = g1.getClipRect();                System.out.println(“Paint: cliprect(” + r.x + “, ” + r.y + “, ”                                        + r.width + “, ” + r.height + “)” );                //                // if this is the first time paint is called, remember the Graphics object                // and use g to do all the drawing from this point on.                //                if (g == null)                         g = g1.create();                //                // just to make sure, print out the original clipRect boundaries also                //                r = g.getClipRect();                System.out.println(“Paint: original(” + r.x + “, ” + r.y + “, ”                                        + r.width + “, ” + r.height + “)” );                // draw a big X                g.drawLine(0, 0, width, height);                g.drawLine(0, height, width, 0);        }}

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