Re: Layout problem driving me insane - panels, resizing, etc

steve <>
Thu, 15 Jun 2006 05:52:26 +0800
On Wed, 14 Jun 2006 22:57:10 +0800, wrote
(in article <>):

Karsten Lentzsch wrote:

Right. I just like to add that there exist layout managers
that handle huge classes of screen design, for example
the ExplicitLayout, or even better the ExplicitLayout plus
Explicit Table Builder.

Ladies and gentlemen, I do believe we have a winner.

import com.zookitec.layout.*;

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

public class LayoutProblem extends JFrame {

=09public static void main(String[] args) {
=09=09new LayoutProblem();

=09String columnNames[] = { "Column 1", "Column 2", "Column 3" };
=09String dataValues[][] = {
=09=09{ "0aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "0dd","eee","fff"}, { "0gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "1aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "1dd","eee","fff"}, { "1gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "2aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "2dd","eee","fff"}, { "2gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "3aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "3dd","eee","fff"}, { "3gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "4aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "4dd","eee","fff"}, { "4gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "5aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "5dd","eee","fff"}, { "5gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "6aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "6dd","eee","fff"}, { "6gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "7aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "7dd","eee","fff"}, { "7gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "8aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "8dd","eee","fff"}, { "8gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "9aa","bbb","ccc"}, { "9dd","eee","fff"}, { "9gg","hhh","iii"},
=09=09{ "aaa","bbb","ccc"}, { "ddd","eee","fff"}, { "ggg","hhh","iii"},

=09public LayoutProblem() {

=09=09JTable table;
=09=09JButton button1, button2, button3, button4;
=09=09JTextArea logArea;


=09=09// table
=09=09table = new JTable(dataValues, columnNames);
=09=09JScrollPane tableScrollPane = new JScrollPane(table);

=09=09// button panel
=09=09JPanel buttonPanel = new JPanel();
=09=09buttonPanel.setBorder(BorderFactory.createRaisedBevelBorder() );

=09=09SpringLayout buttonPanelLayout = new SpringLayout();

=09=09final int PADDING = 6;

=09=09button1 = new JButton("Button 1");
=09=09buttonPanelLayout.putConstraint(SpringLayout.WEST, button1, PADDING,
SpringLayout.WEST, buttonPanel);
=09=09buttonPanelLayout.putConstraint(SpringLayout.NORTH, button1, PADDING,
SpringLayout.NORTH, buttonPanel);

=09=09button2 = new JButton("Button 2");
=09=09buttonPanelLayout.putConstraint(SpringLayout.WEST, button2, PADDING,
SpringLayout.EAST, button1);
=09=09buttonPanelLayout.putConstraint(SpringLayout.NORTH, button2, PADDING,
SpringLayout.NORTH, buttonPanel);

=09=09button3 = new JButton("Button 3");
=09=09buttonPanelLayout.putConstraint(SpringLayout.WEST, button3, PADDING,
SpringLayout.EAST, button2);
=09=09buttonPanelLayout.putConstraint(SpringLayout.NORTH, button3, PADDING,
SpringLayout.NORTH, buttonPanel);

=09=09button4 = new JButton("Button 4");
=09=09buttonPanelLayout.putConstraint(SpringLayout.WEST, button4, PADDING,
SpringLayout.EAST, button3);
=09=09buttonPanelLayout.putConstraint(SpringLayout.NORTH, button4, PADDING,
SpringLayout.NORTH, buttonPanel);

=09=09// text area
=09=09logArea = new JTextArea();


=09=09JScrollPane logAreaScrollPane = new JScrollPane(logArea);

=09=09// and now, the magic begins
=09=09Container cont = getContentPane(); // for Java 1.4
=09=09cont.setLayout(new ExplicitLayout());

=09=09cont.add(buttonPanel, new ExplicitConstraints(
=09=09=090.5, 0.5, true, true

=09=09cont.add(tableScrollPane, new ExplicitConstraints(
=09=09 ContainerEF.left(cont),
=09=09=09MathEF.subtract(, PADDING),

=09=09cont.add(logAreaScrollPane, new ExplicitConstraints(
=09=09 ContainerEF.left(cont),
=09=09=09MathEF.add(ComponentEF.bottom(buttonPanel), PADDING),
=09=09 ContainerEF.bottom(cont),

=09=09setSize(450,600); // initial app size


This layout manager is exactly what I've been looking for - I don't
think I'll ever use gridbaglayout again. IchBin's JGoodies solution
looks great too, but since I already spent way too much time on this, I
wanted to go with a standalone, layout manager only solution - and
since IchBin's already solved the problem with JGoodies there wasn't
any more fun to be had that way.

I still need to install eclipse and look at SWT and netBeans, and
probably the other JGoodies, but it seems at least as far as layout
managers are concerned, I'm all set.

Again: Thanks, everybody.

glad we could all help.
personally , I love GBL
but if you want to see why GBL sorts the men from the boys checkout:


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