Customizes the JavaFX ChoiceBox to call the callback until user clicks on the ChoiceBox or after a delay. - Java JavaFX

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Customizes the JavaFX ChoiceBox to call the callback until user clicks on the ChoiceBox or after a delay.

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//package com.java2s;
import javafx.animation.KeyFrame;
import javafx.animation.Timeline;
import javafx.collections.ObservableList;
import javafx.concurrent.Task;
import javafx.concurrent.WorkerStateEvent;
import javafx.event.ActionEvent;
import javafx.event.Event;
import javafx.event.EventHandler;
import javafx.scene.Node;
import javafx.scene.control.ChoiceBox;

import javafx.util.Callback;
import javafx.util.Duration;

public class Main {
    private final static String PROPERTY_TASK = "LazyLoadUtils.Task";

     * Customizes the ChoiceBox to call the callback until user clicks on the ChoiceBox or after a delay.
     * @param choiceBox     the ChoiceBox.
     * @param callback      the callback to create the ObservableList.
     * @param delay         the delay before the callback is called.
     * @param beforeShowing whether to trigger the callback before the ChoiceBox popup is about to show, if the callback
     *                      hasn't called yet.
     * @param initialValue  the initial value. Null if the value has been set on the ChoiceBox.
     * @param <T>           The type of the value that has been selected or otherwise entered in to this ChoiceBox.
    protected static <T> void customizeChoiceBox(ChoiceBox<T> choiceBox,
            Callback<ChoiceBox<T>, ObservableList<T>> callback,
            Duration delay, boolean beforeShowing, T initialValue) {
        Task oldTask = getTask(choiceBox);
        if (oldTask != null) {

        if (initialValue != null)

        Task<ObservableList<T>> task = new Task<ObservableList<T>>() {
            protected ObservableList<T> call() throws Exception {

        task.setOnSucceeded(new EventHandler<WorkerStateEvent>() {
            public void handle(WorkerStateEvent event) {
                T item = choiceBox.getValue();
                Object value = event.getSource().getValue();
                if (value instanceof ObservableList) {
                    //noinspection unchecked
                    choiceBox.setItems((ObservableList<T>) value);

                    //noinspection unchecked
                    if (item == null
                            || !((ObservableList<T>) value).contains(item)) {
                    } else {
                        // trick in order to show the item. should be a bug in JavaFX combobox

        // when user clicks on the choicebox, we will retrieve the fonts, not using thread because we don't want the empty
        // list to show up. User has to wait for a while if the task takes a long time
        if (beforeShowing) {
            choiceBox.setOnContextMenuRequested(new EventHandler<Event>() {
                public void handle(Event event) {
                    if (!task.isRunning() && !task.isDone()) {

        // or use Timeline to get the font in a thread after 1 second, if user didn't click on the font choicebox before that
        startTimer(delay, task);

        putTask(choiceBox, task);

    private static Task getTask(Node node) {
        Object task = node.getProperties().get(PROPERTY_TASK);
        if (task instanceof Task) {
            return (Task) task;
        } else {
            return null;

    private static <T> void startTimer(Duration delay,
            Task<ObservableList<T>> task) {
        if (delay != null && !delay.isIndefinite()) {
            Timeline timeline = new Timeline();
                    new KeyFrame(delay, new EventHandler<ActionEvent>() {
                        public void handle(ActionEvent t) {
                            if (!task.isRunning() && !task.isDone()) {
                                new Thread(task).start();

    private static void putTask(Node node, Task task) {
        node.getProperties().put(PROPERTY_TASK, task);

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