Right so I have a pretty simple code that draws the contents of a 2D array onto a panel and the panel is placed onto a frame. The array is of type String and just houses a number of different fruit. The problem is that when the contents is painted onto the panel it flashes up and then disappears right away - why is this?

I dont repaint the code anywhere - below are the two classes:

import java.awt.Color;
import java.awt.Graphics;
import java.awt.Graphics2D;
import java.awt.Toolkit;
import javax.swing.*;

public class Cell_JPanel extends JPanel 
	private int x = 0, y = 15;
	private String [][] twoDCells = { 
									 {"Apples", "Oranges", "Bananas"},  
									 {"Cherries", "Plums", "Nectarines"},
									 {"Coconuts", "Mango", "Dragon Fruit" }, 
									 {"Blueberries", "Raspberries", "Poisonberries"} 
	public Cell_JPanel()
		setBackground( Color.WHITE );
		setDoubleBuffered( true );
	public void paint(Graphics g) 
        super.paint( g );			
        Graphics2D g2 = ( Graphics2D )g;   
        for( int i = 0; i < 4; i++ )
        	for( int j = 0; j < 3; j++ )
        		g2.drawString( twoDCells[i][j], x, y ) ;
        		y += 30;

Second class:

import javax.swing.*;

public class Cell_JFrame extends JFrame
	public Cell_JFrame()
		add( new Cell_JPanel() );
		setDefaultCloseOperation( EXIT_ON_CLOSE );
		setTitle( "Cells" );
		setSize( 450,150 );
		setVisible( true );
		setLocationRelativeTo( null );
		setResizable( false );
	public static void main(String [] args)
		new Cell_JFrame();
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Last Post by Ezzaral

Just a couple of minor things. The main trouble is that you don't reset y to zero, so it quickly goes right off the screen after the first call to paint.

Here's your painting method revised. You should normally override paintComponent() instead of paint() unless you need to change other things that paint() is doing. paintComponent() is the more specific method that is called to render the panel itself.

public void paintComponent(Graphics g) {
         super.paintComponent( g );
         Graphics2D g2 = (Graphics2D) g;

         // Reset your starting y value here 
         y = 0;
         for (int i = 0; i < 4; i++) {
             for (int j = 0; j < 3; j++) {
                 g2.drawString(twoDCells[i][j], x, y);
                 y += 30;


         // You don't really need these here.
        // Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().sync();
        // g.dispose();

Edited by Ezzaral: n/a


Cheers guys it works well now. I do this


because it was a habit left over from a tutorial I used to use and i never really got rid of it. I suppose I should have done my research into this method to find out when and when not to use it.


Use dispose if you explicitly obtained the graphics reference with a createGraphics() or getGraphics() call. You don't need dispose() on a reference that you are passed via paint() or paintComponent().

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