JEasy - a framework for JAVA applications using XML


First steps with JEasy

Work with JEasy in your favorite Development Tool.

A good and free IDE is eclipse (

  • Create a new project with the project wizard.
    It will generate the both sources and out of the Template sources.
    Call makeMyProgjar.bat to compile or from the command line

    javac -deprecation -classpath jeasy.jar
    javac -deprecation -classpath jeasy.jar
    jar cmf MANIFEST.MF Template.jar *.class *.xml resources

    Start the program with

    RunMyProg.bat or java -jar -cp jeasy.jar MyProg.jar

Start the JEasyRepository to change the MyProg.xml GUI file
  • Start the Repository either by the batch file RunRepository.bat (for Windows only) or by typing the command

    java -jar JEasyRepository.jar

  • Load the file MyProg.xml into the repository. Have a look to the different objects.
    In the object action the frame is defined. Choose your own splashscreen.
    The object global holds some basic rules.
  • Choose hierarchy at the left window and try the preview function at a panel by clicking the right mouse button.

Add your own objects

  • Make a new menu item by using a new ID and clicking on Save.
    To make a new menuitem, either select the tabbedpane "menuitem" or select an existing item (such as MI_About). Set or change its ID, for example set it to "MI_Contents". Fill in any other desired fields. As long as the ID is unique, clicking Update/Save button will create a new item.
  • Now add the menu item to a parent by editing the parent and adding the item.
    Select the Menu ME_Help in the left hierarchy tree by clicking on the item ME_Help. At the bottom of the center panel, click on the button to the right of "elements". In the window that comes up, insert MI_Contents into ME_Help by moving it from the list on the left to the list on the right. You can change its order using the up and down arrows. Close the window with "ok". Then save your changes with the Update/Save button.
  • Preview your changes.
    To start the preview, in the left treeview, select the frame FR_MyFrame. Click the right mouse button to start the preview. In the preview, select the menuitem MI_Contents which you inserted and notice that its event is logged. To see the events open the left tabbedpane window out.
Handle the new menuitem in your program
  • If you select the new menuitem, the listener inside JEMenu is called. The AWTEvent and other parameters are used for the callback-function that is implemented in your program. The parameter id is the reference to MI_Contens. Look at the source for handling menuitem. Insert the code in your under the event callback
  • public void callBack(AWTEvent e, String ID, String ID_Parent) {
    else if (ID.equals("MI_Contents")) {
        System.out.println("Event: MI_Contents");

Add a new field in the form Address of the Example
  • Load the project file Example.xml from JEasy/Examples/ into the Repository. Create a new object of type dataclass and an object datafield with a reference to the dataclass. Select the panel PA_AdrForm. Click on the button behind the elements will open a new panel. Insert your new datafield by double click.
  • Save the changes with Update/Save and have a preview of the panel by clicking the right mouse button on the selected panel PA_AdrForm at the left treeview. Save the project file and start the application with
  • java -cp .;../lib/jeasy.jar;servlet.jar Example

    You will see that no coding was necessary to store the entries of the new datafield.

Write data to messages
  • Messages are used to get and to write entries of a form. Messages are strings containing the values of input/output objects on forms. The message MS_Address has a reference to PA_AdrForm. The method getMessage will write data from the panel to the message, putMessage will fill the panel out of entries of the message

Write messages to stores

  • In the example the addresses are stored by the object store. A store saves messages into a random-access file. A store has functions for reading, writing and searching. A store is not and will not be a database. You may use it only for small amount of data. But it is very useful during prototyping.

JEasy Copyright @ 1997-2002 Harry Pfohl CBSE Convergent Business and Software Engineering GmbH
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