I have to write two programs, one writes to file based on what the user selects. The other reads the file, and outputs what the user selects. And I'm really not sue if I'm doing this right.

Here is what I have for writting to the file:

import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.io.*;
/*
 * class LogOrder
 * Allows user to pick from five pieces of clothing to order
 * user enters name and picks clothing and presses order.
 * Stores users order to "order.txt"
 * @author Kimberlie Davis
 * @version 11/20/08
 */

public class LogOrder
{
    /*
     * main method
     * declares and sets frame as visible
     * @param args not used
     */
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
      EventQueue.invokeLater(
        new Runnable()
        {
            public void run()
            {
                LogOrderFrame mainFrame = new LogOrderFrame();
                mainFrame.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
                mainFrame.setVisible(true);
            }
        });

    }
}

/*
 * LogOrderFrame method
 * sets up frame
 * Declares and adds panel
 */
class LogOrderFrame extends JFrame
{
    public LogOrderFrame()
    {
     this.setSize(DEFAULT_WIDTH, DEFAULT_HEIGHT);
     LogOrderPanel panel = new LogOrderPanel();
     this.add(panel);
     this.setTitle("Log order");
    }
    private static int DEFAULT_WIDTH = 500;
    private static int DEFAULT_HEIGHT = 500;
}

/*
 * LogOrderPanel method
 * Layouts and panels
 * Sets up panel with components
 * adds actionListener to button
 */
class LogOrderPanel extends JPanel
{
    public LogOrderPanel()
    {
        //set up Buffered writer
        try
        {
            writer = new BufferedWriter(new FileWriter("order.txt"));
        }
        catch(IOException e)
        {
        }
        //set up layouts
        this.setLayout(new BorderLayout());
        
        //north
        JPanel north = new JPanel(new BorderLayout());
        this.add(north, BorderLayout.NORTH);
        //north center
        JPanel northCenter = new JPanel();
        north.add(northCenter, BorderLayout.CENTER);
        
        
        //center
        JPanel center = new JPanel();
        this.add(center, BorderLayout.CENTER);
        Box boxLayout = Box.createVerticalBox();
        center.add(boxLayout);
        
        //set up components
        JLabel companyName = new JLabel("Clothing Inc.");
        
        JLabel askName = new JLabel("Please enter your name:");
        enterName = new JTextField(5);
        
        //Array of 5 checkboxes
        for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++)
        {
            check[i] = new JCheckBox();
        }
        check[0].setText("Jacket");
        check[1].setText("Shirt");
        check[2].setText("Pants");
        check[3].setText("Socks");
        check[4].setText("Shoes");
        
        JButton order = new JButton("Order");
       
        //add components
        northCenter.add(askName);
        northCenter.add(enterName);
        boxLayout.add(check[0]);
        boxLayout.add(check[1]);
        boxLayout.add(check[2]);
        boxLayout.add(check[3]);
        boxLayout.add(check[4]);
        north.add(companyName, BorderLayout.NORTH);
        this.add(order, BorderLayout.SOUTH);
        
        ClothingChooser chooseAction = new ClothingChooser();
        order.addActionListener(chooseAction);
    }
    
    /*
     * ClothingChooser class
     * implements ActionListener
     * sets up actions for button
     */
    private class ClothingChooser implements ActionListener
    {
        /*
         * actionPerformed method
         * checks what checkboxes have been selected
         * stores users order to file "order.txt"
         * @param ActionEvent
         */
        public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
        {
 
        try
        {
         try
         {
            writer.write("Order:" + '\n');
            writer.write("For: " + enterName.getText() + '\n');
         
            if(check[0].isSelected())
             writer.write('\t' + "Jacket" + '\n');
            if(check[1].isSelected())
                writer.write('\t' + "Shirt" + '\n');
            if(check[2].isSelected())
                writer.write('\t' + "Pants" + '\n');
            if(check[3].isSelected())
                writer.write('\t' + "Socks" + '\n');
            if(check[4].isSelected())
                writer.write('\t' + "Shoes" + '\n');
            writer.write('\n');
         }
         finally
         {
             JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "Conratulations " + enterName.getText() + " your order was successful!");
         }
        }
         catch(IOException exception)
         {
             JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "Error: Order not receive\n Please call Clothing Inc. to order");
         }
    }
   }
    
    //datafields
    JCheckBox[] check = new JCheckBox[5];
    BufferedWriter writer;
    JTextField enterName;
}

Did I do this correctly?

I figured that out, but am still having problems. here is my new code:

import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.io.*;
/*
 * class LogOrder
 * Allows user to pick from five pieces of clothing to order
 * user enters name and picks clothing and presses order.
 * Stores users order to "order.txt"
 * @author Kimberlie Davis
 * @version 11/20/08
 */

public class LogOrder
{
    /*
     * main method
     * declares and sets frame as visible
     * @param args not used
     */
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
      EventQueue.invokeLater(
        new Runnable()
        {
            public void run()
            {
                LogOrderFrame mainFrame = new LogOrderFrame();
                mainFrame.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
                mainFrame.setVisible(true);
            }
        });

    }
}

/*
 * LogOrderFrame method
 * sets up frame
 * Declares and adds panel
 */
class LogOrderFrame extends JFrame
{
    public LogOrderFrame()
    {
     this.setSize(DEFAULT_WIDTH, DEFAULT_HEIGHT);
     LogOrderPanel panel = new LogOrderPanel();
     this.add(panel);
     this.setTitle("Log order");
    }
    private static int DEFAULT_WIDTH = 500;
    private static int DEFAULT_HEIGHT = 500;
}

/*
 * LogOrderPanel method
 * Layouts and panels
 * Sets up panel with components
 * adds actionListener to button
 */
class LogOrderPanel extends JPanel
{
    public LogOrderPanel()
    {
        //Writer
        writeTo = new File("order.txt");
        /*try
        {
            //toStream = new FileWriter(writeTo);
        }
        catch(IOException e)
        {
        }*/
        //set up layouts
        this.setLayout(new BorderLayout());
        
        //north
        JPanel north = new JPanel(new BorderLayout());
        this.add(north, BorderLayout.NORTH);
        //north center
        JPanel northCenter = new JPanel();
        north.add(northCenter, BorderLayout.CENTER);
        
        
        //center
        JPanel center = new JPanel();
        this.add(center, BorderLayout.CENTER);
        Box boxLayout = Box.createVerticalBox();
        center.add(boxLayout);
        
        //set up components
        JLabel companyName = new JLabel("Clothing Inc.");
        
        JLabel askName = new JLabel("Please enter your name:");
        enterName = new JTextField(5);
        
        //Array of 5 checkboxes
        for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++)
        {
            check[i] = new JCheckBox();
        }
        check[0].setText("Jacket");
        check[1].setText("Shirt");
        check[2].setText("Pants");
        check[3].setText("Socks");
        check[4].setText("Shoes");
        
        JButton order = new JButton("Order");
       
        //add components
        northCenter.add(askName);
        northCenter.add(enterName);
        boxLayout.add(check[0]);
        boxLayout.add(check[1]);
        boxLayout.add(check[2]);
        boxLayout.add(check[3]);
        boxLayout.add(check[4]);
        north.add(companyName, BorderLayout.NORTH);
        this.add(order, BorderLayout.SOUTH);
        
        ClothingChooser chooseAction = new ClothingChooser();
        order.addActionListener(chooseAction);
    }
    
    /*
     * ClothingChooser class
     * implements ActionListener
     * sets up actions for button
     */
    private class ClothingChooser implements ActionListener
    {
        /*
         * actionPerformed method
         * checks what checkboxes have been selected
         * stores users order to file "order.txt"
         * @param ActionEvent
         */
        public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
        {
        try
        {
         try
         {
            toStream = new FileWriter(writeTo);
            toStream.write("Order:" + '\n');
            
            toStream.write("For: " + enterName.getText() + '\n');
         
            if(check[0].isSelected())
             toStream.write('\t' + "Jacket" + '\n');
            if(check[1].isSelected())
                toStream.write('\t' + "Shirt" + '\n');
            if(check[2].isSelected())
                toStream.write('\t' + "Pants" + '\n');
            if(check[3].isSelected())
                toStream.write('\t' + "Socks" + '\n');
            if(check[4].isSelected())
                toStream.write('\t' + "Shoes" + '\n');
            toStream.write('\n');
            toStream.close();
         }
         finally
         {
             JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "Conratulations " + enterName.getText() + " your order was successful!");
         }
        }
         catch(IOException exception)
         {
             JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "Error: Order not receive\n Please call Clothing Inc. to order");
         }
    }
   }
    
    //datafields
    JCheckBox[] check = new JCheckBox[5];
    File writeTo;
    JTextField enterName;
    FileWriter toStream;
}

The problems I'm having now is inside of the file the text is not formatted how I want it, its supposed to be all on different lines. And also, if the user submits another order the file is supposed to show both, but it is only showing one.

...
toStream = new FileWriter(writeTo);
toStream.write("Order:" + '\n');

...

The logic from that line is that each time you have a new order coming, it will "create" a new blank page. Maybe you can try to use 'if' to check whether or not your order.txt is empty. If it's not then just add your line(s).

Or easier if you just use your BufferedWriter code instead of that FileWriter code.

As for the line breakdown, if you are using BufferedWriter just add command:

writer.newLine();

In what way?

You do know, it is always helpful if you post exactly what it is that is not happening as expected (along with all compiler/error messages).

Sorry, I usually do I'm just tired lol.

Its not having an error, the file just isnt storying all submitted orders. It is still only storing the last one.

So take a look at liang's answer again. It has nothing to do with the if statement, it has to do with the fact that you are creating a new FileWriter with every "button-click", which will overwrite everything that's been written before it.

If you want to recreate the FileWriter every time then do it in append mode

new FileWriter(file, true);

And, you should be closing the writer in the finally block, and, as your code is now, even if there is an exception, the "success" message will still be shown (that should be in the try block, and the close in the finally block).

so u know how to check whether or not the file is empty. Read the file then write it to your order.txt along with the new order.

that is the simplest way.

so u know how to check whether or not the file is empty. Read the file then write it to your order.txt along with the new order.

that is the simplest way.

Uuuhhmm, what about "append"?

what I meant by add line is 'append'. sorry for the misunderstanding, though. I thought that it is the common 'language'.

what I meant by add line is 'append'. sorry for the misunderstanding, though. I thought that it is the common 'language'.

The thing is, there is no reason to read the file. You can create a FileWriter in append mode, so that anything written using it will be written to the end of the file, rather than overwriting the file (and if the file did not exist in the first place, it will still be created).

indeed. really sorry for the sorta misleading answer. i, sure need to be more careful in choosing the right word in explaining things in order for other to understand it better. i'm a java developer myself and i find it a lot more easier to just do the coding. i won't stop helping other though, as other has helped me so far in improving my knowledge. thank you for the correction.

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