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abstract public class: DefaultRowSorter [javadoc | source]
java.lang.Object
   javax.swing.RowSorter<M>
      javax.swing.DefaultRowSorter

Direct Known Subclasses:
    TableRowSorter

An implementation of RowSorter that provides sorting and filtering around a grid-based data model. Beyond creating and installing a RowSorter, you very rarely need to interact with one directly. Refer to TableRowSorter for a concrete implementation of RowSorter for JTable.

Sorting is done based on the current SortKeys, in order. If two objects are equal (the Comparator for the column returns 0) the next SortKey is used. If no SortKeys remain or the order is UNSORTED, then the order of the rows in the model is used.

Sorting of each column is done by way of a Comparator that you can specify using the setComparator method. If a Comparator has not been specified, the Comparator returned by Collator.getInstance() is used on the results of calling toString on the underlying objects. The Comparator is never passed null. A null value is treated as occuring before a non-null value, and two null values are considered equal.

If you specify a Comparator that casts its argument to a type other than that provided by the model, a ClassCastException will be thrown when the data is sorted.

In addition to sorting, DefaultRowSorter provides the ability to filter rows. Filtering is done by way of a RowFilter that is specified using the setRowFilter method. If no filter has been specified all rows are included.

By default, rows are in unsorted order (the same as the model) and every column is sortable. The default Comparators are documented in the subclasses (for example, TableRowSorter ).

If the underlying model structure changes (the modelStructureChanged method is invoked) the following are reset to their default values: Comparators by column, current sort order, and whether each column is sortable. To find the default Comparators, see the concrete implementation (for example, TableRowSorter ). The default sort order is unsorted (the same as the model), and columns are sortable by default.

If the underlying model structure changes (the modelStructureChanged method is invoked) the following are reset to their default values: Comparators by column, current sort order and whether a column is sortable.

DefaultRowSorter is an abstract class. Concrete subclasses must provide access to the underlying data by invoking {@code setModelWrapper}. The {@code setModelWrapper} method must be invoked soon after the constructor is called, ideally from within the subclass's constructor. Undefined behavior will result if you use a {@code DefaultRowSorter} without specifying a {@code ModelWrapper}.

DefaultRowSorter has two formal type parameters. The first type parameter corresponds to the class of the model, for example DefaultTableModel. The second type parameter corresponds to the class of the identifier passed to the RowFilter. Refer to TableRowSorter and RowFilter for more details on the type parameters.

Nested Class Summary:
abstract protected static class  DefaultRowSorter.ModelWrapper  DefaultRowSorter.ModelWrapper is responsible for providing the data that gets sorted by DefaultRowSorter. You normally do not interact directly with ModelWrapper. Subclasses of DefaultRowSorter provide an implementation of ModelWrapper wrapping another model. For example, TableRowSorter provides a ModelWrapper that wraps a TableModel.

ModelWrapper makes a distinction between values as Objects and Strings. This allows implementations to provide a custom string converter to be used instead of invoking toString on the object. 

Constructor:
 public DefaultRowSorter() 
Method from javax.swing.DefaultRowSorter Summary:
allRowsChanged,   convertRowIndexToModel,   convertRowIndexToView,   getComparator,   getMaxSortKeys,   getModel,   getModelRowCount,   getModelWrapper,   getRowFilter,   getSortKeys,   getSortsOnUpdates,   getViewRowCount,   isSortable,   modelStructureChanged,   rowsDeleted,   rowsInserted,   rowsUpdated,   rowsUpdated,   setComparator,   setMaxSortKeys,   setModelWrapper,   setRowFilter,   setSortKeys,   setSortable,   setSortsOnUpdates,   sort,   toggleSortOrder,   useToString
Methods from javax.swing.RowSorter:
addRowSorterListener,   allRowsChanged,   convertRowIndexToModel,   convertRowIndexToView,   fireRowSorterChanged,   fireRowSorterChanged,   fireSortOrderChanged,   getModel,   getModelRowCount,   getSortKeys,   getViewRowCount,   modelStructureChanged,   removeRowSorterListener,   rowsDeleted,   rowsInserted,   rowsUpdated,   rowsUpdated,   setSortKeys,   toggleSortOrder
Methods from java.lang.Object:
clone,   equals,   finalize,   getClass,   hashCode,   notify,   notifyAll,   toString,   wait,   wait,   wait
Method from javax.swing.DefaultRowSorter Detail:
 public  void allRowsChanged() 
    {@inheritDoc}
 public int convertRowIndexToModel(int index) 
    {@inheritDoc}
 public int convertRowIndexToView(int index) 
    {@inheritDoc}
 public Comparator<?> getComparator(int column) 
    Returns the Comparator for the specified column. This will return null if a Comparator has not been specified for the column.
 public int getMaxSortKeys() 
    Returns the maximum number of sort keys.
 public final M getModel() 
    Returns the underlying model.
 public int getModelRowCount() 
    {@inheritDoc}
 protected final ModelWrapper<M, I> getModelWrapper() 
    Returns the model wrapper providing the data that is being sorted and filtered.
 public RowFilter<? super M, ? super I> getRowFilter() 
    Returns the filter that determines which rows, if any, should be hidden from view.
 public List<? extends SortKey> getSortKeys() 
    Returns the current sort keys. This returns an unmodifiable {@code non-null List}. If you need to change the sort keys, make a copy of the returned {@code List}, mutate the copy and invoke {@code setSortKeys} with the new list.
 public boolean getSortsOnUpdates() 
    Returns true if a sort should happen when the underlying model is updated; otherwise, returns false.
 public int getViewRowCount() 
    {@inheritDoc}
 public boolean isSortable(int column) 
    Returns true if the specified column is sortable; otherwise, false.
 public  void modelStructureChanged() 
    {@inheritDoc}
 public  void rowsDeleted(int firstRow,
    int endRow) 
    {@inheritDoc}
 public  void rowsInserted(int firstRow,
    int endRow) 
    {@inheritDoc}
 public  void rowsUpdated(int firstRow,
    int endRow) 
    {@inheritDoc}
 public  void rowsUpdated(int firstRow,
    int endRow,
    int column) 
    {@inheritDoc}
 public  void setComparator(int column,
    Comparator<?> comparator) 
    Sets the Comparator to use when sorting the specified column. This does not trigger a sort. If you want to sort after setting the comparator you need to explicitly invoke sort.
 public  void setMaxSortKeys(int max) 
    Sets the maximum number of sort keys. The number of sort keys determines how equal values are resolved when sorting. For example, assume a table row sorter is created and setMaxSortKeys(2) is invoked on it. The user clicks the header for column 1, causing the table rows to be sorted based on the items in column 1. Next, the user clicks the header for column 2, causing the table to be sorted based on the items in column 2; if any items in column 2 are equal, then those particular rows are ordered based on the items in column 1. In this case, we say that the rows are primarily sorted on column 2, and secondarily on column 1. If the user then clicks the header for column 3, then the items are primarily sorted on column 3 and secondarily sorted on column 2. Because the maximum number of sort keys has been set to 2 with setMaxSortKeys, column 1 no longer has an effect on the order.

    The maximum number of sort keys is enforced by toggleSortOrder. You can specify more sort keys by invoking setSortKeys directly and they will all be honored. However if toggleSortOrder is subsequently invoked the maximum number of sort keys will be enforced. The default value is 3.

 protected final  void setModelWrapper(ModelWrapper<M, I> modelWrapper) 
    Sets the model wrapper providing the data that is being sorted and filtered.
 public  void setRowFilter(RowFilter<? super M, ? super I> filter) 
    Sets the filter that determines which rows, if any, should be hidden from the view. The filter is applied before sorting. A value of null indicates all values from the model should be included.

    RowFilter's include method is passed an Entry that wraps the underlying model. The number of columns in the Entry corresponds to the number of columns in the ModelWrapper. The identifier comes from the ModelWrapper as well.

    This method triggers a sort.

 public  void setSortKeys(List<? extends SortKey> sortKeys) 
    Sets the sort keys. This creates a copy of the supplied {@code List}; subsequent changes to the supplied {@code List} do not effect this {@code DefaultRowSorter}. If the sort keys have changed this triggers a sort.
 public  void setSortable(int column,
    boolean sortable) 
    Sets whether or not the specified column is sortable. The specified value is only checked when toggleSortOrder is invoked. It is still possible to sort on a column that has been marked as unsortable by directly setting the sort keys. The default is true.
 public  void setSortsOnUpdates(boolean sortsOnUpdates) 
    If true, specifies that a sort should happen when the underlying model is updated (rowsUpdated is invoked). For example, if this is true and the user edits an entry the location of that item in the view may change. The default is false.
 public  void sort() 
    Sorts and filters the rows in the view based on the sort keys of the columns currently being sorted and the filter, if any, associated with this sorter. An empty sortKeys list indicates that the view should unsorted, the same as the model.
 public  void toggleSortOrder(int column) 
    Reverses the sort order from ascending to descending (or descending to ascending) if the specified column is already the primary sorted column; otherwise, makes the specified column the primary sorted column, with an ascending sort order. If the specified column is not sortable, this method has no effect.
 protected boolean useToString(int column) 
    Returns whether or not to convert the value to a string before doing comparisons when sorting. If true ModelWrapper.getStringValueAt will be used, otherwise ModelWrapper.getValueAt will be used. It is up to subclasses, such as TableRowSorter, to honor this value in their ModelWrapper implementation.