JEF Colours

This module provides information about colour definitions to the other components in the application.

Copyright (C) 2016 David Boddie <>

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We import some classes that are needed to define methods or used to create objects. The JSON classes are used to unpack some resource data that the build script supplies in JSON format.

from java.lang import Object, String
from java.util import Map
from android.content.res import Resources
from import Color
from org.json import JSONArray, JSONObject, JSONTokener

Again, we import the R class in order to access resources in the application package.

from app_resources import R


The following class is used by other components to access information about colour definitions. It is instantiated with a Resources object that allows the instance to access the application's resources.

class ColourInfo(Object):

    @args(void, [Resources])
    def __init__(self, resources):

The colours are defined using two arrays in the resources: one containing colour names and the other containing definitions. We read these into lists then zip them together to create a list of pairs.

        names = resources.getStringArray(R.array.colour_names)
        colours = resources.getIntArray(R.array.colour_defs)
        name_colours = zip(names, colours)

We put the list of name-colour pairs into a dictionary with keys starting from 1. The keys are Janome colour codes and the values are the name-colour pairs.

        self.colours = dict(range(1, len(name_colours) + 1), name_colours)

We read the definitions of thread names and codes from a JSON-encoded string in the resources with a well-defined structure.

        obj = JSONTokener(resources.getString(R.string.thread_defs)).nextValue()
        json_array = CAST(obj, JSONArray)
        self.thread_codes = {}
        i = 0
        while i < len(json_array):
            json_obj = json_array.getJSONObject(i)
            it = json_obj.keys()
            codes = {}
            while it.hasNext():
                key =
                codes[key] = json_obj.getInt(key)
            self.thread_codes[i + 1] = codes
            i += 1

We define two methods for retrieving the colour and name for a given colour code.

    @args(int, [int])
    def getColour(self, c):
        # Retrieve the colour value from the Pair and augment it with full alpha.
        return self.colours[c].second() | Color.argb(255, 0, 0, 0)
    @args(String, [int])
    def getName(self, c):
        return self.colours[c].first()

We also define a method for retrieving the thread information for a given colour code, though we do not actually use it elsewhere in the application.

    @args(Map(String, int), [int])
    def getThreadCodes(self, c):
        return self.thread_codes[c]