request focus not focusing

"Justin" <>
21 Dec 2006 18:58:27 -0800
I have a JApplet class and an extended JPanel. I add the JPanel to the
JApplet when the JApplet gets to its constructor. It is inside this
method, after I add the component, that I call
JPanel.JTextField.requestFocus(). And it does nothing. I put a
system.out statement directly after this line printing out
JTextField.isFocusOwner() and it prints false. Any ideas why this

below is the code for my two classes:

package consultrequest;

import java.awt.*;
import javax.swing.*;
import javax.swing.border.*;

public class Main extends javax.swing.JApplet {
    JPanel jpan;

    int width = 604;

    public void init(){
    setSize(width, 400);

    public Main(){
    Container c = getContentPane();
        c.setLayout( new BorderLayout() );

        jpan = new JPanel();
        jpan.setLayout(new FlowLayout());

        jpan.setBorder(new EtchedBorder());

    Panel panel = new Panel();


package consultrequest;

import java.util.Calendar;
import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.util.Date;
import java.text.DateFormat;

public class Panel extends JPanel{

    JTextField date, time, firstName, middleInitial, lastName;

   int width = 600;

    public Panel() {
    setPreferredSize(new Dimension(600, 400));

        Font smallFont = new Font("Serif", Font.BOLD, 10);

        JLabel textDate, textTime, textName, textLast, textComma,
textFirst, textMI;

        textDate = new JLabel("Date:");
        textTime = new JLabel("Time:");
        textName = new JLabel("Patient's Name:");
        textLast = new JLabel("Last");
    textComma = new JLabel(",");
        textFirst = new JLabel("First");
        textMI = new JLabel("MI");

        date = new JTextField();
        time = new JTextField();
        firstName = new JTextField();
        lastName = new JTextField();
    mI = new JTextField();

    textDate.setBounds(10, 50, textDate.getPreferredSize().width,
    date.setBounds(20 + textDate.getPreferredSize().width, 49, 70,

    textTime.setBounds(210, 50, textTime.getPreferredSize().width,
    time.setBounds(220 + textTime.getPreferredSize().width, 49, 70,

    textName.setBounds(10, 80, textName.getPreferredSize().width,

    lastName.setBounds(110, 79, 100, lastName.getPreferredSize().height);
    textLast.setBounds(110, 100, textLast.getPreferredSize().width,

    textComma.setBounds(212, 80, textComma.getPreferredSize().width,

    firstName.setBounds(220, 79, 100,
    textFirst.setBounds(220, 100, textFirst.getPreferredSize().width,

    mI.setBounds(330, 79, 20, mI.getPreferredSize().height);
    textMI.setBounds(330, 100, textMI.getPreferredSize().width,

    Date now = new Date();
        DateFormat df = DateFormat.getDateInstance(DateFormat.SHORT);
        String today = df.format(now);

    Calendar tNow = Calendar.getInstance ();
    String hour = String.valueOf(tNow.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY));
    if(hour.length() == 1){
        hour = "0" + hour;
    String minute = String.valueOf(tNow.get(Calendar.MINUTE));
    if(minute.length() == 1){
        minute = "0" + minute;
    time.setText(hour + ":" + minute);


    public static void main(String args[]){
    JFrame frame = new JFrame("SliderDemo");

        //Create and set up the content pane.
        Panel panel = new Panel();
        frame.setSize(panel.getPreferredSize().width + 20,
panel.getPreferredSize().height + 20);
        panel.setOpaque(true); //content panes must be opaque

        //Display the window.

I copied and pasted the code, deleting a few components, any errors
will be null pointers, which just delete the offending component.

As always, thank you for any help...

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