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Offline juenvalj

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« Posted 2004-08-31 17:36:42 »

First I want to say hey to all  Smiley

I have been programming with java about a year now.
I also study computer science in university of Jyvaskyla in Finland and I'm starting my second year.

That's for me for now and to my problem which has been bothering me.

Here is working piece of code:

Image source = null;

URL ur l= this.getClass().getClassLoader().getResource(ref);
   if(url == null) return null;
   try {
     source =;
   catch (IOException ex) {



this returns BufferedImage type object...

but the piece of code what confuses me alot


BufferedImage sourceImage = null;

try {
      URL url = this.getClass().getClassLoader().getResource(ref);

        if (url == null) {
              return null;

         // use ImageIO to read the image in
         System.out.println(url); // this prints the rigth path
        sourceImage =;
    } catch (IOException e) {
    System.out.println(sourceImage); // this prints null!! Huh


and here I have used "correctly" -method..

Thanks Kev Glass for the great tutorial of SpaceInvaders Smiley

T: Juenvalj
Offline gregof

Junior Devvie

in code we trust

« Reply #1 - Posted 2004-08-31 20:06:06 »

Maybe you get an exception in your empty try/catch block?
Have you tried to see if you get a exception in that block? like:
} catch (IOException e) {

to see what is going on?

// Gregof
Offline juenvalj

Junior Newbie

Java games rock!

« Reply #2 - Posted 2004-09-01 05:10:55 »

yes I put it there but the line doesn't make exception there.... it just prints null.. like it doesn't now how to read that file..
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Offline kevglass

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2004-09-01 05:37:15 »

Reading the javadoc:


An InputStream is obtained from the URL, which is wrapped in an ImageInputStream. If no registered ImageReader claims to be able to read the resulting stream, null is returned.

So null we be returned if you're trying to read an image for a while an ImageReader doesn't exist. What type of image is it you're trying to load?


Offline juenvalj

Junior Newbie

Java games rock!

« Reply #4 - Posted 2004-09-01 05:42:33 »

I found the problem..

I used ms paint to make the images Embarrassed sorry never happens again I promise! So I did those images again with photoshop and it worked beatifully.

those images are .gif
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