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JPanel not showing up dynamically inside JLayeredPane  RSS feed

 
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I have a JLayeredPane and it contains a JPanel to start with. Now I want another smaller JPanel to display on top of the previous JPanel inside the JLayeredPane dynamically. By dynamically I mean when a certain event occurs, so I put its code inside the event handler for the event as well.

The problem is that sometimes the JPanel shows up as expected while other times it doesn't. And I cannot even predict what makes it show up when it does, because it is very random.

Following is the code for the JPanel that I want to display dynamically...



Dont worry about the class and the constructors being private, because this is an inner class for the Board class. It is accessed from a method inside that class. Here is how I am calling the promotion options to display dynamically...



Here layeredPaneContainer is the reference to the JLayeredPane that I created inside another class and passed to this Board class through the constructor. Here is the code for where I created the JLayeredPane object...



It would be really helpful if someone can point out the bug.
Thank you for your time...
 
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After hours of frustrated debugging, I finally somehow made it work correctly. What I did was I added SwingUtilities.invokeLater() method and passed the code inside it like this..

Although I made it to work somehow, I am not completely satisfied yet. I dont understand when I need to use the invokeLater() method and when I donot need to use it. I have made a few GUI applications before and there also I had to add components dynamically, and I could do it without this passing my code inside this method.

Can someone please clarify when and when not to use this invokeLater(). Also for the record, I already have read the Java docs about this method, I just need a little non technical explanation for this.

Thanks in advance...
 
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