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Offline ahar010

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« Posted 2003-12-28 20:30:21 »


I'm trying to write a little space shooter game in a java applet to put on my website.

In previous games the action is a little more sedate and have had to worry about quick/exact responses from the keyboard. So have just add a KeyListener and checked for KeyPresses like below

public void keyPressed(KeyEvent e) {
   if (e.getKeyCode() == e.VK_KP_LEFT ||
       e.getKeyCode() == e.VK_LEFT) {


But for a fluid game i need something alot smarter Smiley I guess I'm looking for a way of checking the keyboard state or something, so i could poll the keyboard and see at any stage which keys are pressed. eg. Left arrow, Up arrow and the control key

Does anyone know an easyish way of getting this information from inside an applet? or can point me to somewhere that might have a bit of info on the topic.


Offline oNyx

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2003-12-28 21:06:16 »;action=display;num=1065784010;start=8#8

Says it all Smiley

Btw the "&0xFF" thingy ensures that it stays within the array-bounds (only a handfull of keys like ä,ü,ö or other unusual letters have a higher KeyCode).


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Offline ahar010

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2003-12-28 21:20:03 »

Cool, thanks

I did do a search for "keyboard input" on the forums. I mustn't have checked that forums in the list to search.  Embarrassed

anyways thanks for doing my leg work hehe.

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Offline oNyx

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2003-12-28 22:17:55 »

Well, I'd known a better search phrase... I used "controls[" Grin

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Offline Jeff

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2003-12-31 20:57:45 »

The other option is to go to a Java Web Start application and use JInput Smiley

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Offline cfmdobbie

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2004-01-01 19:27:42 »

I did do a search for "keyboard input" on the forums. I mustn't have checked that forums in the list to search.  Embarrassed

Ah.  As default the search page only looks at the last week of posts - that's probably why you didn't find anything! Wink

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