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How to get length of task for JProgressbar?

 
Bob Zoloman
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Hi, I am trying to figure out how to implement a JProgressbar, but I'm a little confused on the part where you get the length of the a long running task, and the currentTime() of the task. If I want to use a progressbar for a certain class do I need to have those kinds of methods inside the class that has that task? It seems like I would have to repeat a lot of code in all classes that need a progress bar. Is there a better way to do it? Thanks in advance.
 
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Estimating the amount of time that a task will take is, obviously, a hard (read impossible) problem. Does using a progress bar mean duplicating code? Well, yeah, kinda. If you want "X% done" kind of progress bars, then every long-running task has to periodically send an event which says "I'm X% done."
 
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Say for example I had 10 separate classes, and each one has a task I want to have a progress bar for, the way I understand it is that I would need a getLengthofTask(), getCurrentTime(), methods plus all the instance variables required for progress bar, etc... embedded in every single class that uses one (in this case 10).

To me it seems like a really bad design... First, it reduces your classes reusablility, and you have duplicate code in every class. Is there a better design approach I could take?
 
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